01/05/2019 7:30 AM IST | Updated 01/05/2019 7:44 AM IST

Subramanian Swamy Speaks His Mind On Modi, Amit Shah, And Arun Jaitley

India is too big a country to centralise all decision-making, the BJP leader said.

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NEW DELHI — Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy blamed the over-centralisation of decision-making, and Arun Jaitley — who served as Finance Minister for most of Modi’s term until he stepped down in 2018 for health reasons — for the Narendra Modi-led government’s lacklustre performance over five years.

“The main problem is the extraordinarily unhealthy centralization of decision making,” Swamy said in an interview with HuffPost India. “Modi is also highly inaccessible.”

Part of the problem, Swamy said, was the “utter disregard that party president (Amit Shah) has for the worker.”

Shah, Swamy said, was a machine man.

“When the going is good, he produces results,” Swamy said. “When the going is bad, we have this problem.”

Swamy also sharply criticised Jaitley’s performance as Finance Minister.

“The economy suffered because of the incompetence of Mr Jaitley,” Swamy said. “He doesn’t know any economics.”

Read the rest of HuffPost India’s interview with Subramanian Swamy here.

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