Union Minister Smriti Irani Spars with Journalist, Twitter Joins in

Union Minister Smriti Irani Spars with Journalist, Twitter Joins in

Union minister Smriti Irani posted a series of tweets today about a report carried in a business daily.

New Delhi: Union minister Smriti Irani's public argument with a journalist kept Twitter agog today. The exchange that started over a news report meandered to "freedom of speech" and even newspaper preferences as more and more joined the debate.

The report in the Economic Times newspaper alleged that the minister had recommended over 5,000 admissions in the central government-run Kendriya Vidyalaya schools in the current academic year - more than four times that of her predecessors.

In an angry post, the minister responded:
 
Then she added:
 

The reporter, Anubhuti Vishnoi, responded, saying that with utmost respect to the minister, she had been requesting for the ministry's comments since Friday, but none had come.

Ms Irani shot back:

As the reporter pointed out:
 

The minister further tweeted:
 

Several more tweets joined the fiery debate. In response to a comment from another journalist, the minister shot back:
  
A couple of posts from the onlookers said: