Swamy fires another tweet… new target, new warning

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

File photo of Economic Affairs Secretary Shaktikant Das and Chief Economic Adviser (CEA) Arvind Subramanian (in Blue shirt) holding a press conference in New Delhi. Photo – PTI

Subramanian Swamy has not quite abandoned his attacking spree against the high-ranking Union Finance ministry officials. Taking his attack to a new level, the senior BJP leader, who has recently been nominated to the Upper House, issued another veiled threat on Friday.

“People giving me unasked for advice of discipline and restraint don’t realise that if I disregard discipline there would be a bloodbath,” he wrote on a micro-blogging site Twitter, without naming anybody.

In last three days, Swamy had sought the removal of Chief Economic Advisor Arvind Subramanian followed by allegations on Economic Affairs Secretary Shakti Kant Das – both of whom have a strong backing of Union Finance minister Arun Jaitley.

In all his attacks and allegations against the two officers, Swamy made use of the social networking platform Twitter, where he has a considerable following.

He was at it again on Thursday. Hours after he announced the suspension of his campaign against Arvind Subramanian, he targeted Economic Affairs Secretary Shaktikanta Das.

Arun Jaitley, Finance Minister. Photo-PTI

Arun Jaitley, Finance Minister.

“I think there a property deal case pending against him (Das) for assisting PC swallow Mahabalipuram prime locations,” Swamy wrote in reply to his twitter handle followers who had sought blacklisting of RBI Deputy Governor Urjit Patel and Das from RBI Governorship as well as sending Das back to his parent cadre Tamil Nadu.

The attack, just like that on the CEA, drew an immediate response from Arun Jaitley, who is away on China tour to attend the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) Board of Governor’s meeting.

“An unfair and false attack on a disciplined civil servant in the Finance Ministry,” tweeted Arun Jaitley.

Swamy had earlier opened a front against RBI governor Raghuram 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 his attack on Arvind Subramanian prompted stern rebuttal from the government as well as the ruling BJP.

“Government has full confidence in CEA. His advice to government from time to time has been of great value,” Arun Jaitley had said on Wednesday debunking Swamy’s call for sacking Subramanian.

In a rather strong note of support for Arvind Subramanian, Jaitley 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.”

But even after suspending his offensive against the Chief Economic Advisor, Subramanian Swamy appeared unfazed, even dismissing Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s counsel for restraint.

“Let him say what he wants….I have nothing to do with what Jaitley says. I can talk to the party President or the prime minister,” he told reporters on Thursday.

(With inputs from the PTI)