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After Rajan exit, Swamy wants Arvind Subramanian to be sacked

Published Jun 22, 2016, 9:54 am IST
Updated Jun 22, 2016, 1:22 pm IST
Bharatiya Janata Party leader Subramanian Swamy and Chief Economic Advisor Arvind Subramanian. (Photo: PTI)
 Bharatiya Janata Party leader Subramanian Swamy and Chief Economic Advisor Arvind Subramanian. (Photo: PTI)

New Delhi: Staying true to his promise of training guns on bureaucrats 'loyal' to the Congress, Bharatiya Janata Party leader Subramanian Swamy on Wednesday said that he wants Chief Economic Advisor Arvind Subramanian to be sacked, as he had badmouthed India in the international arena and also encouraged Congress to become rigid on their GST Bill clauses.

Swamy launched a scathing attack on Arvind in a series of tweets.

"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!!! Guess who encouraged Congi to become rigid on GST clauses ? Jaitely's economic adviser Arvind Subramanian of Washington DC," he tweeted.

Swamy's attack comes in the wake of reports stating Arvind Subramanian being among the probable successors of Rajan as the country's central bank chief.

Swamy tweeted, "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.

Swamy reiterated his salvo he had used against RBI Chief Raghuram Rajan, saying that the CEA was a 'green card holder' and was probably not an Indian citizen.

"He used to work in America and is also a green card holder. I don't know if he is a citizen or not, but I'm sure he has a green card. There was this American Congress Committee for pharmaceutical purposes and they held a hearing to figure out India's opinion on the matter. There he said in a statement that India was not working according to America in this matter and for that, they should be taught a lesson in WTO. How can we have such a person as an advisor here?" Swamy said.

Continuing his assault, he added that when Arvind was appointed by the Indian government, he gave a note to the Finance Ministry asserting that the clauses given by Congress in the GST Bill were absolutely justified. "I think that such people who can fail our government should be tossed out. Now, it's been two years and I think it's about time," he added.

The senior BJP leader also said that he has a list of 27 people with him and he will 'fix' them soon.

This development comes days after Swamy announced that his next 'project' is to expose a group of bureaucrats loyal to Congress President Sonia Gandhi.

"My next project is to expose 27 bureaucrats who are in various Ministries and loyal to TDK. They were handpicked and positioned by PC," Swamy said in a tweet.

Earlier, Swamy had welcomed Rajan's decision to leave his post as the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor on the completion of his term, saying that he had taken such a step in order to save his 'self respect'.

"Was he getting a second term in the first place? How do we know that he was getting a second term? I have no information that he was getting a second term. So if he says he wants to go and wants to save his self respect, I have no problem. Let them pretend that he is giving up and going, but as long as he goes, it's good," Swamy said.

In May, Swamy had written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking dismissal of the Reserve Bank of India governor.

Rajan had earlier announced that he would return to the academic world at the end of his term on September 4, 2016, adding that he will always be available to serve his country when needed and asserted that his 'successor' would take the nation to new heights.

Rajan is currently on leave from the Chicago Booth School of Business, where he holds the post of Distinguished Service Professor of Finance.

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.

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