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Swamy’s salvo on Shaktikanta Das continues despite PM’s reprimand

Undeterred by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s reprimand for his “fondness for publicity”, Subramanian Swamy launched another attack on economic affairs secretary Shaktikanta Das.

india Updated: Jul 05, 2016 13:42 IST
Saubhadra Chatterji
Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian Swamy has hogged headlines with a barrage of criticism directed at top officials, including economic affairs secretary Shaktikanta Das.
Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian Swamy has hogged headlines with a barrage of criticism directed at top officials, including economic affairs secretary Shaktikanta Das.(Sonu Mehta/ HT Photo)

Undeterred by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s reprimand for his “fondness for publicity”, Subramanian Swamy launched another attack on economic affairs secretary Shaktikanta Das on Tuesday.

Swamy tweeted the link to an article alleging Das’ involvement in a controversial land deal in Chennai.

Throughout June, Swamy hogged headlines with a barrage of criticism directed at Reserve Bank of India governor Raghuram Rajan, chief economic adviser Arvind Subramanian and economic affairs secretary Shaktikanta Das. The allegations even prompted the government to come out in defence of the senior officials with finance minister Arun Jaitley calling Swamy’s attack “unfair and false”.

Read: Swamy fires another salvo at Rajan

“If anybody considers himself above the system, it is wrong. This fondness for publicity is never going to do any good to the nation,” Modi said when asked about comments by a “Rajya Sabha MP” against top officials. “Whether it is in my party or not, such talks are inappropriate. People should conduct themselves with utmost responsibility.”

Swamy is a senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader and a Rajya Sabha MP.

But the displeasure of the top BJP leadership failed to deter Swamy from taking fresh swipes at Das.

Read: ‘Sack him’: After Rajan, Swamy targets chief economic adviser Arvind Subramanian

“I think there a property deal case pending against him (Das) for assisting PC swallow Mahabalipuram prime locations,” Swamy had tweeted earlier.

Now, the firebrand BJP leader tried to embroil Das in another property issue in Chennai.

On Monday, he retweeted one of his followers, who quoted an article to claim, “#ShaktikantaDas approved dubious land-deal in TN whr Investment $37M, Subsidy given $56.2M. (sic)”

The next day, Swamy tweeted the link to the article to step up the heat on Das.