New Delhi, Dec 26: Members of the BJP should refrain from wearing Western attire, as it is “foreign imposed slavishness” and not suited to the Indian climate, Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian Swamy averred on Tuesday.
Swamy took to Twitter and expounded on ways to improve and enforce party discipline in the BJP.
“Western dress is a foreign imposed slavishness. BJP should make it of party discipline for Ministers to wear Indian climate friendly clothes,” he said in a tweet.
The BJP leader also suggested that party members should not imbibe alcohol. Citing Article 49 of the constitution, Swamy said he was against penal action for consumption of liquor, but the saffron party should adopt a ban on alcohol as the official party line.
“Article 49 of Constitution directs alcohol drinks be banned. While I am not for penal action, BJP should make as part of party discipline,” he said in another tweet.
It should be noted that Article 49 does not in any way impose bans or penalize consumption of liquor. However, the Directive Principle in Article 47 states “the State shall endeavour to bring about prohibition of intoxicating drinks and drugs which are injurious to health.”
This isn’t the first time that Swamy has pushed for Indian politicians to don only traditional clothes. Last year, he’d come under fire when he’d remarked Indian ministers clad in western suits looked like waiters, a veiled jibe at senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley who had been on a five-day trip to China.
“BJP should direct our ministers to wear traditional and modernised Indian clothes while abroad. In coat and tie they look like waiters,” he had tweeted.