The Congress said on Wednesday that Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy’s attack on Reserve Bank of India (RBI) governor Raghuram Rajan was just a ruse and the real target was finance minister Arun Jaitley. Congress alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had unleashed a ploy to sideline Jaitley.
“Prime Minister Narendra Modi never had any faith either in democratic values or in constitutional statutory institutions. The BJP and the RSS always want to weaken the constitutional and statutory institutions and that is why Subramanian Swamy was brought in as part of a conspiracy,” Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala told ANI.
Accusing the Prime Minister of having no faith in his Cabinet, he said that external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj, Union home minister Rajnath Singh and other ministers were sidelined at first and now it was the finance minister’s turn.
“As they say in Hindi, Raghuram Rajan to bahana hai, Arun Jaitley nishaana hai. We deprecate and condemn this systematic attack on constitutional institutions. Rajan, who is a great economist and has done commendable work for this country and is taking strict action against bank defaulters,” Surjewala added.
He also claimed that the Prime Minister had sanctioned the attack on Rajan because he was scared that his ‘crony’ friends are going to face severe action on default of payments to banks by the RBI.
“Modi ji stop attacking constitutional institutions, stop using and misusing individuals like Swamy to decimate authority and authenticity of institutions because the whole country is watching you,” he said.
Reiterating that Rajan must be removed from his post at the earliest, Swamy had written to the Prime Minister, asserting that he was shocked by the wilful and deliberate attempt by the RBI governor to “wreck” the Indian economy.
Swamy added that he could not stand to watch seeing someone appointed by the UPA regime who is “against Indian economic interests” to be kept in this post when there are so many other “nationalist-minded experts” available.
The BJP leader told ANI that Rajan and not the NDA government was responsible for India’s failing economy.
“Our industrial growth is running in minus. What he is doing right now is killing a sick patient instead of healing him. No matter how many times I wrote to him and warned him, he has not budged from his ways. He is a UPA appointee. Why should we keep him? Must terminate him immediately,” Swamy said.