Arun Jaitley’s defence blunts Swamy’s attack on CEA

RSTV Bureau
File photo of BJP senior leader, Subramanian Swamy in a light mood. Photo: PTI

File photo of BJP senior leader, Subramanian Swamy in a light mood.
Photo: PTI

Senior BJP leader Subramanian Swamy has back-tracked from his demands of Chief Economic Advisor Arvind Subramanian’s ouster, a day after Union Finance minister Arun jaitley threw his weight behind the latter. Earlier on Wednesday, Swamy attacked Arvind Subramanian referring to his NRI status as well as flurry of allegations that the CEA had “acted against the interest of India” in the past.

On Thursday, the BJP MP announced the “suspension” of his campaign against Arvind Subramanian, sharing his views on the micro-blogging site Twitter, the forum he had used to attack him.

“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 and added another saying, “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”.

Swamy, however, stuck to his line of thought over the Chief Economic advisor, who, incidentally, has been appointed by his own government unlike UPA appointee RBI chief Raghuram Rajan.

“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 wrote.

File photo of Chief Economic Adviser (CEA) Arvind Subramanian (in Blue shirt) holding a press conference in New Delhi.

File photo of Chief Economic Adviser (CEA) Arvind Subramanian (in Blue shirt) holding a press conference in New Delhi.

Swamy had earlier opened front against Rajan alleging he is “unfit for the job and is mentally not fully Indian”. The RBI governor had last week announced that he would return to academics after his current tenure as RBI Governor ends on September 4.

But this time, the government as well as the ruling BJP took a stern view by distancing itself from Subramanian Swamy’s claims.

Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had even debunked Swamy’s call for sacking Subramanian saying “Government has full confidence in CEA. His advice to government from time to time has been of great value”.

In a rather strong note of support for Arvind Subramanian, Jaitley had even remarked “From the point of view of discipline of Indian politicians, to what extent should we attack those… discipline and constraints of office prevent them from responding. And this has happened more than once.”

On his part, Subramanian Swamy said he was not speaking on behalf of the party on the issue.

“I have never said I speak on behalf of BJP on AS (Arvind Subramanian), but as a nationalist shocked that a GoI (Government of India) person would urge US Cong to fix India,” Swamy had tweeted on Wednesday.

Arvind Subramanian was appointed CEA by the BJP Government in October 2014.

(With inputs from the PTI)