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Smriti Irani Engages In Ugly Twitter Spat With Congress Leader Priyanka Chaturvedi

Indian Minister for Human Resource Development Smriti Irani addresses party workers during a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) election campaign rally ahead of state assembly elections for Assam in Karimganj on March 30, 2016. Thousands of Indian voters will elect legislators for the 126 seats contested in 25,000 polling stations in the north-eastern state of Assam in two phases on April 4 and 11. / AFP / ARINDAM DEY (Photo credit should read ARINDAM DEY/AFP/Getty Images)
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Indian Minister for Human Resource Development Smriti Irani addresses party workers during a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) election campaign rally ahead of state assembly elections for Assam in Karimganj on March 30, 2016. Thousands of Indian voters will elect legislators for the 126 seats contested in 25,000 polling stations in the north-eastern state of Assam in two phases on April 4 and 11. / AFP / ARINDAM DEY (Photo credit should read ARINDAM DEY/AFP/Getty Images)

NEW DELHI -- A war of words broke out today on twitter between HRD minister Smriti Irani and Congress leader Priyanka Chaturvedi, with the BJP leader taking a dig at Rahul Gandhi, saying that losing Assam elections was "his forte".

In a tweet, Chaturvedi, while interacting with another person mentioned the HRD minister and said "a perceived threat to @smritiirani's life gets Z sec, here I am struggling to get rape/death threat investigated."

Ms @ShefVaidya a perceived threat to @smritiirani 's life gets Z sec,here I am struggling to get rape/death threat investigated.cut the crap

— Priyanka Chaturvedi (@priyankac19) May 23, 2016

Not one to hold back, Irani responded by telling Chaturvedi that she does not have 'Z' category security.

@priyankac19 I don't have Z security Madam.

— Smriti Z Irani (@smritiirani) May 23, 2016

Chaturvedi stated that she didn't know the internal workings of Home Ministry and went as per newspaper reports.

"I presume no security at all then @smritiirani ?," she tweeted.

Irani responded by questioning the Congress leader "why are you so interested in my security? Planning anything?"

Not worth my time , so don't worry on that front @smritiirani , you must concentrate on creating another campus ruckus.

— Priyanka Chaturvedi (@priyankac19) May 23, 2016

Chaturvedi responded by taking a swipe, saying it is " "Not worth my time, so don't worry on that front @smritiirani, you must concentrate on creating another campus ruckus."

"Dats more Rahulji's forte. Oh wait, losing Assam is. My bad. Have a good day," Irani hit back with a jibe.

@priyankac19 dats more Rahulji's forte. Oh wait, losing Assam is. My bad. Have a good day.

— Smriti Z Irani (@smritiirani) May 23, 2016

Chaturvedi retorted with another sarcastic remark.

"Repeatedly losing and yet becoming a minister in the cabinet is your forte. You have a glorious day too @smritiirani," she posted.

Repeatedly losing and yet becoming a minister in the cabinet is your forte. You have a glorious day too @smritiirani

— Priyanka Chaturvedi (@priyankac19) May 23, 2016

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