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How Subramanian Swamy has always managed to be in the limelight through his maverick ways ­ Times of India

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How Subramanian Swamy has always managed to
be in the limelight through his maverick ways
ET Bureau | May 1, 2016, 09.47 AM IST

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t was not long ago when Subramanian Swamy was a dear friend of
Congress president Sonia Gandhi, an upholder of secularism, an
opponent of communal politics of the Sangh Parivar and a sworn
enemy of the BJP. Swamy had single-handedly brought Tamil Nadu
chief minister J Jayalalithaa and Sonia Gandhi together to trigger a
political earthquake 17 years ago in April 1999 at the Ashok hotel in Delhi,
leading to the demise of the first Atal Bihari Vajpayee government.
Very few individuals without ideological, or organisational, baggage can
claim to have achieved so much. So, when Swamy opened his new
innings in Rajya Sabha earlier this week attacking Sonia Gandhi and the
Congress, there was nothing personal about it. If it were anti-BJP politics
that served his purpose two decades ago, it is anti-Congressism that helps him now. It is as simple and opportunistic as that.
The Muckraker-in-Chief
For someone who wrote about disenfranchising Muslims in a newspaper article, there is a strange kind of consistency about
Swamy's character. He is a muckraker par excellence. He can hurl abuses, he can talk through his hat, attack iconic national
leaders and get away with it all. He had called Vajpayee a drunk, former CPI(M) general secretary Harkishan Singh Surjeet
corrupt and Sonia Gandhi a smuggler. He didn't need hard evidence to do any of this.
One reason why he gets away calling people names is that nobody has ever succeeded in suing him or getting him restrained.
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The Comptroller and Auditor General of India had come out with its report on the spectrum allocation. who threaten TV anchors. Unlike Swamy. but he has been an effective litigant who has cornered the UPA government and. but treated his opponents with great respect and courtesy. former minister Jaipal Reddy. the MP from West Bengal was from a desi university. Very few 76-year-old politicians would do that. He studied his subject thoroughly. Despite the National Herald share http://timesofindia. In fact.com/india/How­Subramanian­Swamy­has­always­managed­to­be­in­the­limelight­through­his­maverick­ways/articleshowprint/52060950. current finance minister Arun Jaitley and external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj have all been brilliant speakers and persuasive parliamentarians. But the mere Italian connection is enough for Swamy to link Sonia with the bribery scandal. Finmeccanica. His enemies may call him a blackmailer. He was also a member of Rajya Sabha. But that is the importance of being Swamy: somebody has to throw muck for it to stick. Confronting the Gandhis Former prime ministers Vajpayee and Chandrashekhar. No serious politician would want to get caught talking loosely about her political rivals or national issues. The Italian court has not indicted the Congress leader nor have the Indian agencies named her. more so. but it was Swamy the litigant who turned it into a political scandal that swamped the government and exposed it completely.5/1/2016 How Subramanian Swamy has always managed to be in the limelight through his maverick ways ­ Times of India Congress' leader in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad wondered whether there was any distinction between the language of the street and the language of Parliament and this question assumes centrality while drawing the profile of the Muckraker-in-Chief. So. Among my favourite parliamentarians — of the last two decades at least — is the late Dipankar Mukherjee of the CPI(M). The latest episode too is about attacking Sonia Gandhi over the AgustaWestland chopper deal without any hard evidence. that is what makes Swamy different in Indian politics. He never uttered a foul word or made an unsubstantiated allegation and was articulate in English.cms 2/3 . there is no proof of Sonia or other Congress leaders receiving a bribe from the Italian company. the corporate lobbyist. researched his rivals and arrived in Parliament loaded with evidence. Well. the Gandhi family.indiatimes. in contemporary politics. Hindi and Bengali. despite the BJP government pursuing this case for about two years. claiming to expose their colleagues' links with Niira Radia. But Swamy has always done that with great gusto. investigated issues subtly. there are hardly any high-profile mudslingers. crunched numbers. the Banaras Hindu University.

it is his assigned role to drag the Gandhis into all the scandals that tumble out of the UPA closet. he has been more successful than any other Sangh Parivar insider in cornering the Gandhis and pursuing them relentlessly. not loyalty.cms 3/3 . these questions cannot possibly be answered even by Swamy because the answers lie in what the future holds for him. But is he content with a mere Rajya Sabha seat? He had achieved much more in his younger days. http://timesofindia. he has to perform his role to perfection. Opportunity. Swamy was successful in scripting a high-profile political drama involving the Gandhis.indiatimes. yet again? Well. Will he turn against the BJP and the Sangh Parivar. particularly prime minister Narendra Modi. After getting richly recompensed with a Rajya Sabha seat for all his past litigations and accusations. is what drives India's maverick muckraker.5/1/2016 How Subramanian Swamy has always managed to be in the limelight through his maverick ways ­ Times of India switch not involving any loss of public money.com/india/How­Subramanian­Swamy­has­always­managed­to­be­in­the­limelight­through­his­maverick­ways/articleshowprint/52060950. Now that Swamy has hitched his fortunes with the BJP. In political terms.