Swamy will suspend tirade against economic adviser, but there’s a rider

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jun 23, 2016 12:20 IST
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy poses for a picture after an interview with Reuters at his residence in New Delhi. (Reuters file)

Hours after he was snubbed by finance minister Arun Jaitley, BJP MP Subramanian Swamy again took to Twitter Thursday morning to target chief economic adviser Arvind Subramanian.

The Rajya Sabha member said he would “suspend” his demand for sacking Subramanian if the government held the economic adviser to be a patriot despite his attempts in the past to arm-twist India.

“If an Indian?, held patriotic, can advise a foreign nation where he works, to twist India’s arm, is to be forgiven, then I suspend my demand”, Swamy tweeted.

The BJP leader in a series of tweets on Wednesday accused Subramanian, who is an NRI, of acting against Indian interests when he was with the IMF and also encouraging the opposition Congress to harden its stand on the goods and services tax, which is stuck in the Rajya Sabha where the ruling NDA is in a minority.

“AS (Arvind Subramanian) to US Cong: “US initiatives by discriminating against India companies and exporters will exert pressure on India to open up” AS 13/3/13 !,” Swamy tweeted Thursday.

Subramanian is the latest target of the 76-year-old Harvard-trained economist. He had unleashed a tirade against RBI governor Raghuram Rajan, who recently announced his decision not to seek a second term when his tenure ends in September.

Swamy had accused India’s top banker of wrecking the economy, alleging he was “not fully Indian” since he held a US green card.

Subramanian, who succeeded Rajan as the economic adviser in October 2014, is one of the people tipped to take over as the central bank governor.

Jaitley had dismissed Swamy’s demand, saying: “The government has full confidence in CEA. His advice to government from time to time has been of great value”.

But, that doesn’t seem to have dissuaded the BJP leader. “If BJP Union govt says that we know all about AS but still he is an asset, then I will suspend my demand and wait for events to prove truth,” he tweeted.

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