NEW DELHI: BJP's Rajya Sabha MP Subramanin Swamy, who has been meeting political leaders cutting across party lines to garner support on his allegation of “corruption” in the recent auction of Air India, met West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee here on Wednesday, just hours before she met with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
After his meeting with Banerjee, Swamy, in a tweet, compared the Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief with Jayaprakash Narayan and Morarji Desai among other veteran politicians who “meant what they said and said what they meant”.
“In Indian politics that is a rare quality,” he tweeted.
Of the all the politicians I have met or worked with, Mamata Banerjee ranks with JP, Morarji Desai, Rajiv Gandhi, C… https://t.co/aaoTFB0BUE— Subramanian Swamy (@Swamy39) 1637754731000
Asked if he will join the Trinamool Congress, the BJP MP said on Wednesday, “I was already with her. There is no need for me to join the party formally.”
Swamy is learnt to have called on the Trinamool Congress chief in a bid to bring to light his concern that the sale of Air India by the Modi government to the Tatas was a “scam”.
Swamy, who has termed the auction of the national carrier to “hand it over to Tata for the price of scrap” “rigged”, is learnt to have approached Banerjee to seek support on the issue, according to sources.
It is to be seen whether the TMC chief backs Swamy on the matter, on which the Rajya Sabha member has already threatened to go to court.
Earlier on March 27, Swamy had tweeted, “It is a rigged process to hand it over to Tata for the price of scrap. PIL getting ready.” The BJP MP was replying to a tweet by the then civil aviation minister Hardeep Puri who had tweeted that financial bids for the airline were being invited.
@i_amdinesh It is a rigged process to hand it over to Tata for the price of scrap. PIL getting ready— Subramanian Swamy (@Swamy39) 1616804806000