New Delhi/Nagpur: Union HRD minister Smriti Irani got into a war of words ith Bihar Education Minister Ashok Choudhary on Twitter over using the salutation ‘Dear’ for the BJP leader.
All Choudhary did was ask the minister, “Dear @smritiirani ji, when will we get New Education policy..? When will year 2015 end in your calendar..?
An irate Irani replied, “@AshokChoudhaary mahilaon ko ‘dear’ keh ke kab se sambodhit karne lage Ashokji ?
To which Ashok Choudhary responded with a firm, yet civil tweet:
@AshokChoudhaary Not to disrespect but educate… Professional emails start with “dear”. @smritiirani Ji Kabhi mudde pe jawab dijiye, don’t circle around it.
Irani responded with a flurry of tweets: @AshokChoudhaary mudda education policy ka tha jo aapne uthaya ab ye batayein ki policy par state view kab bhejenge.
“All my communications to you or any other person start with ‘adarniya’ but since you are now communicating allow me.
“Bihar is possibly the only state which has not done grass root consultations for the education policy
“Have not received state views on education policy neither did you in your 1 on 1 meeting with me give any suggestions.
“Sir I hope you do find time in your busy schedule to contribute to the education policy. Await state feedback.”
Not to be outdone, Ashok Choudhary responded, “@smritiirani ji has learnt a lot from Modiji…Fake promises and shifting blames to others for non-delivery is lesson1 in Sangh’s book.
“Seems @smritiirani ji isn’t aware her ministry’s website mentions consultation with eastern zone including Bihar.”
Twitterati got into the act, trolling Irani for her rant.
@PatelSaral007 tweeted, “Madam, Had you went to college/University you would know that its a common practice to address ppl as “Dear”. @AshokChoudhaary
Irani responded, with a rap on the knuckles: Grammar theek karo beta.
@bigotry_watch tweeted: Please note, @smritiirani prefers being called Aunty than be address as dear.
But Ashok Choudhary had the best response to this tweet:
@TruthOfGujarat *Drumrolls* India’s education minister thinks that only men can be addressed as ‘dear’ and not women.
The minister retweeted it saying, @AshokChoudhaary I guess they don’t teach that at Yale….
Dear HRD minister, there is a difference between ‘Dear Smriti Irani’ and ‘Smriti Irani dear’. Look it up.