After Rajan's Exit, Subramanian Swamy Is Gunning For Chief Economic Advisor

22/06/2016 11:00 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:27 AM IST
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Subramanian Swamy, member of India's parliament for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), speaks during an interview in New Delhi, India, on Friday, May 20, 2016. Outspoken, nationalist and combative toward minorities including Muslims and gays, Swamy has long been a lightning rod for controversy in India. Photographer: Prashanth Vishwanathan/Bloomberg via Getty Images

NEW DELHI -- After claiming credit for toppling RBI chief Raghuram Rajan, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy is gunning for Arvind Subramanian, Chief Economic Adviser to the Modi government.

"Sack him," Swamy tweeted on Wednesday morning.

While Swamy has claimed credit for Rajan's exit, it isn't clear how far he influenced Modi government's decision not to offer another term to the RBI chief, who had famously predicted the 2008 global economic crisis. Government sources told NDTV that Swamy's tweets on Subramanian are "an attempt to test the patience of the party."

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In a jibe at the Centre, Congress Party leader Digvijaya Singh said, "Is Modi handing over Finance Ministry to Subramaniam Swami?"

"Subramanian Swami now guns for Arvind Subramanian Economic Advisor to NDA. Target is Arun Jaitley not Arvind Subramanian," Singh tweeted.

After Rajan's exit, Swamy has vowed to weed out 27 other bureaucrats, who, he claims, are loyal to the Congress party.

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There has been speculation about whether the new RBI chief could be Subramanian or Arvind Panagariya, the vice-chairman of Niti Aayog, who, unlike Rajan, are appointees of NDA government.

Swamy's tweets came a few hours after Bloomberg News reported that top economists had Subramanian pegged as the most likely to succeed Rajan. But neither Subramanian nor Panagariya are among the candidates who are on the long list to replace him.

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