Nation at 9: Swamy's second big attack, now targets Arvind Subramanian

| Wednesday, June 22, 2016 - 23:20
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Nation at 9: Swamy 2nd big attack, now targets Arvind Subramanian

Is there a method to Dr. Subramanian Swamy's tactical strikes against RBI boss Raghuram Rajan and Chief Economic Advisor Arvind Subramanian? It’s a question that is being asked with increasing insistence of not just the mercurial BJP MP but also his party and government. 
One such question was in fact fielded by the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley after Dr. Swamy accused Arvind Subramanian of encouraging US Congress against Indian pharmaceutical companies among other charges. In his response, the Finance Minister not only backed the govt's Chief Economic Advisor but he also counselled his party colleague against taking potshots against office bearers who are constrained because of their positions to defend themselves in public. 
Arun Jaitley's response however fell short of an outright and pointed rap on the knuckles for Dr Swamy which is prompting questions of its own. For instance, is Jaitley's defence of Arvind Subramanian robust enough to repair damage to the economic guru's reputation?
Why did Jaitley parry question over why the party was not reining in Dr. Swamy for crossing the line? If the allegations made by Dr. Swamy are baseless, then why is the BJP not disciplining the senior BJP MP?
And on the other hand, if Swamy has such compelling reasons to doubt Subramanian, then why is his party not taking a note of it. Most importantly, had the BJP spoken out more emphatically in the Rajan case earlier, would Swamy have launched his 2nd attack on Subramanian today? These are just a handful of questions that we will pose to our distinguished panel tonight right after this news report.

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Chief Economic Avisors

Just like BCCI appointing foreign coaches for our cricket players, present party in power known for their swadeshi proclivity and propensity can outsource for appointing Economic advisers who would excert his influence to boost up FDs for our economic development.

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