Human resource development minister Smriti Irani and Congress spokesperson Priyanka Chaturvedi were in a Twitter war Monday morning.
The spat came a few days after the Congress leader was threatened on Twitter with rape and murder “like Nirbhaya”.
“Ms @ShefVaidya a perceived threat to @smritiirani ‘s life gets Z sec, here I am struggling to get rape/death threat investigated. cut the crap,” Chaturvedi said in response to a tweet.
Irani responded by saying, “I don’t have Z security Madam.”
There have been reports quoting home ministry officials that Irani’s security was being upgraded to the highest, Z category, with armed commandos to guard her in view of increased threat to her life.
Chaturvedi, too, cited media reports and asked Irani “I presume no security at all then.” The minister, who is fairly active on Twitter and has had a few run-ins, shot back, “Why are you so interested in my security? Planning anything?”
“Not worth my time, so don’t worry on that front @smritiirani , you must concentrate on creating another campus ruckus,” Chaturvedi said.
“Dats more Rahulji’s forte. Oh wait, losing Assam is. My bad. Have a good day,” Irani replied.
@priyankac19 dats more Rahulji's forte. Oh wait, losing Assam is. My bad. Have a good day.— Smriti Z Irani (@smritiirani) May 23, 2016
Chaturvedi retorted with another sarcastic remark. “Repeatedly losing and yet becoming a minister in thecabinet is your forte. You have a glorious day too @smritiirani,” she posted.
The exchange comes a day after Chaturvedi criticised Irani for “overzealously” trying to implement the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh’s agenda of saffronisation and causing damaged to institutions of education.