BJP leader Subramanian Swamy’s hit list: Top names in crosshairs

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Apr 30, 2016 08:54 IST
Bharatiya Janata Party member Subramanian Swamy is seen in this file photo. (PTI Photo)

BJP leader Subramanian Swamy is known to have more enemies than friends in political circles given his questioning and criticism of rivals.

He created a stir in Parliament two days in a row by referring to Congress chief Sonia Gandhi in his notice over the Agusta Westland scam.

Swamy has been a Rajya Sabha member for three days and parts of his speeches have already been expunged twice in the House.

Read more | Won’t lie low: Swamy rocks Rajya Sabha over AgustaWestland on first day

A look at the political personalities who have often been his target:

Sonia Gandhi, Congress president

For many years now, Swamy had been attacking the Congress chief over various reasons. The National Herald case is the latest in his long list of efforts to corner Gandhi. Swamy had filed the case against Gandhi and other Congress leaders in 2012, alleging they were involved in cheating and breach of trust.

Read: Key facts about National Herald case

Swamy remains a vocal opponent to Gandhi and has often tried to raise the issue of her foreign origin even though it fails to create any political buzz.

Rahul Gandhi, Congress vice-president

Over the years, Swamy has expanded his ambit to malign Rahul Gandhi too. The BJP leader was the first to complain about Rahul’s alleged British citizenship, a charge vehemently denied by the younger Gandhi. What turned out to be a mistake by an accountant, Swamy tried to blow into a major issue and even wrote to the Prime Minister against the Congress vice-president.

P Chidambaram, Congress leader

The former finance minister and Swamy both hail from Tamil Nadu. But no sense of regional bonhomie seems to tie Swamy to Chidambaram. Instead, he loves to hate him. Swamy had complained to the Supreme Court that Chidambaram, along with the then communications minister A Raja, was involved in deciding the 2G spectrum price – a controversy that unsettled the DMK government in Tamil Nadu led to Raja’s arrest. None of the charges were established; on the contrary, Chidambaram has never been implicated by any court over the scam. Swamy, however, refuses to stop targeting Chidambaram.

J Jayalalithaa, Tamil Nadu chief minister

Swamy’s spree to file cases against top politicians saw him lodging a criminal complaint against ‘amma’, as Jayalalithaa is popularly called, in 1996 for amassing disproportionate assets. While the trial court took cognizance of his complaints and even prosecuted the AIADMK leader, Jayalalithaa was ultimately acquitted of all charges in May 2015.

Late Ramakrishna Hegde, former Karnataka chief minister

In 1988, Swamy made public a letter alleging phones of many key politicians in Karnataka had been tapped. The controversy snowballed to the extent that then chief minister Ramakrishna Hegde had to resign. A furious Hegde later filed a case against Swamy.

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