Swamy spin on Modi narrative: ‘Core eco sectors are not performing’

In gunning for Arvind Subramanian, the BJP MP is scoring a lot of self-goals for the government

GN Bureau | June 22, 2016


#Economy   #BJP   #Narendra Modi   #Arvind Subramanian   #Raghuram Rajan   #Subramanian Swamy   #Politics   #Bureaucracy  


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:


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:



Further on:


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:

 


Congress leader Digvijaya Singh was among those who reacted. He tweeted:


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.

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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