On Tuesday, Union HRD minister Smriti Irani got into a Twitter battle with Bihar Congress president Dr Ashok Choudhary after she objected to being addressed as ‘dear’. This led Choudhary to reply that professional mails started by addressing the recipient with the honorific dear and she should instead focus on her ministry. This led Irani to point out that Bihar was the only state that didn’t take part in grass root consultations for education policy. Choudhary wasn’t done though as he shared a link of the HRD’s ministry report of Bihar’s consultation on educational policies.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>And turned into a grammar Nazi as well!Smriti Irani’s Twitter battle came a day after Sushma Swaraj trolled a user who wanted help with a refrigerator. Reacting to the incident, Ashok Choudhary apologised for his action. He told ANI: “I had very respectfully asked in a tweet “Dear Smriti ji, when is new Education policy going to come. Don’t know what did she find so offensive in ‘Dear’. Don’t think there is any kind of disrespect in this. But I still apologize to Smriti Irani ji if I have hurt her feelings in any way.”

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‘Dear’ controversy: Bihar’s education minister apologises to Smriti Irani