Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and Rajya Sabha MPon Wednesday said that he wants Chief Economic Advisor (CEA) to be sacked, alleging the CEA had badmouthed India in the international arena and had also encouraged the Congressto adopt a rigid position on the GST Bill.
Earlier in the day, Swamy had launched a Twitter attack on Subramanian after some reports over the past few days suggested the CEA could be a probable successor to Rajan. He also directly called for the sacking of the CEA.
Swamy raised charges similar to those he had used against outgoing RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan, saying that the CEA was a ‘green card holder’ and was probably not an Indian citizen. Incidently, both Rajan and Arvind Subramanian have worked at the IMF.
“He used to work in America and he is also a green card holder type. I don’t even know if he is a citizen or not but I’m sure he has a green card. There was this American Congress Committee for pharmaceutical purposes and they held a hearing to figure out India’s opinion on the matter. There he said in a statement that India was not working according to America in this matter and for that, they should be taught a lesson in WTO. How can we can such a person an advisor here?,” Swamy said.
He added that when Arvind was appointed by the Indian government, he gave a note to the Finance Ministry asserting that the clauses demanded by the Congress in the GST Bill were absolutely justified.