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.
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
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."
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.
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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