In gunning for Arvind Subramanian, the BJP MP is scoring a lot of self-goals for the government
GN Bureau | June 22, 2016
With friends like this, Narendra Modi does not need enemies.
Subramanian Swamy has tasted success and he is continuing his nation-building mission with all the more zeal.
He made sure that India should not have somebody like Raghuram Rajan managing its money, though he apparently has no problem with the qualification of the likes of Gajendra Chauhan, Pahlaj Nihalani and Chetan Chauhan running their respective offices. On Wednesday, he found somebody else who must follow Rajan: right from early morning, he targeted another foreign-education economist in the government setup, Arvind Subramanian.
And the chief economic advisor (CEA) will not be the last of his targets. In an interview to ANI, Swamy has said he has a list of 27 bureaucrats who are loyal to the Congress.
But in making his case against the CEA, Swamy brought only further embarrassment for the government. Among his tweets:
Now PTs can understand why our core economic sectors could not perform last two years. Trojan horses galore in MoF/ Fin Institutions— Subramanian Swamy (@Swamy39) June 22, 2016
The claim that our core economic sectors have performed well during the last two years, that is, since Narendra Modi became prime minister, is novel, coming from within the ruling establishment that is trying for the past couple of weeks to paint a far rosier picture of the Indian economy.
His campaign against Arvind Subramanian began with this tweet:
Modi’s chief economic adviser Arvind Subramanian had opposed India on IPR till recently [followed by a news item to that effect from the Times of India]
The next allegation was:
Who said to US Cong on 13/3/13 the US should act against India to defend US Pharmaceuticals interests? Arvind Subramanian MoF !! Sack him!!!— Subramanian Swamy (@Swamy39) June 22, 2016
Guess who encouraged Congi to become rigid on GST clauses ? Jaitely's economic adviser Arvind Subramanian of Washington DC— Subramanian Swamy (@Swamy39) June 22, 2016
As ‘Swamy guns for Subramanian’ became a major news story, finance minister Arun Jaitley was forced to comment that the government had full confidence in the CEA. [Incidentally, no such clarification was made when Swamy was targeting Rajan.]
Swamy was selective in responding to the hundreds of comments and retweets after his remarks, but he chose to highlight one tweet that said, “this joker CEA also wrote oped against Gujarat model and talked nonsense about beef ban when it is not even required.”
Then, Swamy resumed his commentary with three more tweets:
Was AS deposing before US Cong Committee against India as a US citizen or Indian? Does any PT know?— Subramanian Swamy (@Swamy39) June 22, 2016
PTs may remember Bhagwan Ram in the Lanka war chopped Ravan's arms, legs and chariot but restored his limbs to walk back to his palace. Why?— Subramanian Swamy (@Swamy39) June 22, 2016
Congress leader Digvijaya Singh was among those who reacted. He tweeted:
Subramaniam Swami now guns for Arvind Subramanian Economic Advisor to NDA. Target is Arun Jaitley not Arvind Subramanian .— digvijaya singh (@digvijaya_28) June 22, 2016
But he was rebuffed by a Swamy fan who responded:
@Swamy39 ji may gun for you too @digvijaya_28 so beware !! Enjoy honeymoon rather than advising Govt.
And Swamy happily retweeted this comment.