After Raghuram Rajan, Subramanian Swamy now targets Chief Economic Adviser Arvind Subramanian

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The BJP MP, Subramanian Swamy recently took credit for ensuring that the RBI Governor, Raghuram Rajan wasn’t given a second term.

The maverick BJP leader appears to have now trained his guns on Chief Economic Adviser Arvind Subramanian and demanded his sacking.

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“Who said to US Cong on 13/3/13 the US should act against India to defend US Pharmaceuticals interests? Arvind Subramanian MoF !! Sack him!!!,” he tweeted.

Swamy’s attack comes in the wake of reports of Arvind Subramanian being among the probable successors of Rajan as the country’s central bank chief.
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“Guess who encouraged Congi to become rigid on GST clauses? Jaitley’s economic adviser Arvind Subramanian of Washington DC,” Swamy tweeted, saying he is “helping Jaitely to recognise the enemies in our camp”.

In a series of tweets attacking the chief economic adviser, who is an NRI, he said, “Now PTs (Patriotic Tweeples) can understand why our core economic sectors could not perform last two years. Trojan horses galore in MoF/Fin Institutions.”

“Was AS (Arvind Subramanian) deposing before US Cong Committee against India as a US citizen or Indian? Does any PT know?,” he asked.

The BJP wasted no time in issuing a clarification that Swamy’s views on Subramanian did not have the party’s backing.

“BJP does not agree with Subramanian Swamy’s views on govt’s Chief Economic Adviser Arvind Subramanian. This is his personal opinion,” PTI quoted BJP as saying.

The party had, however, never issued any clarification in light of Swamy’s continuous attacks against Rajan. This is giving credence to suggestions that the saffron party may have used Swamy as a proxy to pave way for Rajan’s ouster.

Reacting to the attack, Congress leader Divijaya Singh said his target is not Arvind Subramanian but Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and asked whether Prime Minister Narendra Modi is handing over Finance Ministry to Swamy.

“Subramanian Swamy now guns for Arvind Subramanian Economic Advisor to NDA. Target is Arun Jaitley not Arvind Subramanian. Is Modi handing over Finance Ministry to Subramanian Swamy?

“He has been claiming that PM has assured him as quid pro quo if he targeted Nehru Gandhi Family,” Singh said in a series of tweets.

Singh’s colleague and spokesperson, PL Punia, went a step further and asked if Swamy had become Prime Minister Modi’s spokesperson adding that the maverick BJP MP’s reat target was Arun Jaitley.

Punia said the allegations made by Swamy against the CEA were grave and the government must act against Subramanian or take punitive actions against Swamy.

He said, “Jaitley may have said that the government has full confidence in Arvind Subramanian but it is clear that Swamy is the undeclared spokesman of Narendra Modi… It is the Prime Minister who has to speak now… because serious allegations have been levelled against the Chief Economic Advisor. Either you act against the Chief Economic Advisor on the basis of the allegations or act against Swamy for making wrong allegations.”

Rajan had last week announced his decision to move on and not seek second term. However, Swamy had claimed personal victory behind Rajan’s exit.

Swamy had attacked Rajan, saying he is ‘unfit’ for the job and is ‘mentally not fully Indian’.

Incidentally, both Rajan and Arvind Subramanian have worked at the IMF.

While Rajan was a UPA appointee, Arvind Subramanian was appointed by the Narendra Modi government.

 

(With inputs from PTI)

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