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Milind Deora And Somnath Bharti's Friendly Twitter Exchange Ends Quite Badly

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Senior Leader of India's Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Somnath Bharti (C) arrives for a meeting in New Delhi on February 10, 2015. India's Narendra Modi suffered his first major election setback since becoming prime minister last May, as anti-corruption campaigner Arvind Kejriwal won a landslide victory in Delhi state polls. AFP PHOTO / SAJJAD HUSSAIN (Photo credit should read SAJJAD HUSSAIN/AFP/Getty Images)

NEW DELHI — What started out as a friendly gesture on Twitter quickly escalated to a no-holds barred feud between Congress Party leader Milind Deora and Aam Aadmi Party's Somnath Bharti.

Bharti, AAP MLA from south Delhi's Malviya Nagar and ex-law minister, has been in the news lately for his very public fallout with his wife. Following the media attention on his personal affairs, Deora, a former Minister for Telecom, tweeted that the press should leave Bharti's personal life alone.

Though Bharti first responded warmly to Deora's tweet, he was left fuming after Deora gave him a backhanded compliment urging "newcomer" politicians that form most of AAP's contingent in Delhi to behave in a "civilised" manner.

The deterioration of the conversation was swift, and final.

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