PM Modi ticks off Subramanian Swamy over Raghuram Rajan remarks
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today disapproved of party MP Subramanian Swamy’s attacks on RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan and some top finance ministry officials saying they are “inappropriate”.
Calling Rajan “no less patriotic”, he virtually ticked off Swamy saying “if anybody considers himself above the system then it is wrong”.
The Prime Minister’s comments assume significance in the context of Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and the BJP distancing themselves from Swamy’s recent attacks on Rajan, CEA Arvind Subramananian and Economic Affairs Secretary Shaktikanta Das.
Swamy also had made some carping comments about Jaitley without taking his name.
“Whether it is in my party or not, still I think such things are inappropriate. This fondness for publicity is never going to do any good to the nation. People should conduct themselves with utmost responsibility. If anybody considers himself above the system, it is wrong,” the Prime Minister told Times Now channel in an interview.
Without taking the name of Swamy, Modi was asked about the comments of “your Rajya Sabha MP” in the context of Raghuram Rajan and queried whether it was appropriate.
Even after that there have been criticisms made against very senior government officials, the questioner said recalling Modi’s recent counsel to party leaders in Allahabad to maintain balance and restraint in their speech and conduct.
The Delhi Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) on Monday filed a first information report (FIR) against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal
and his predecessor Sheila Dikshit
in connection with the water tanker scam.
also said that the two could be called for questioning.
ACB chief M K Meena told IANS that the FIR was registered on the complaint of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislator Vijender Gupta against Kejriwal “for causing delay and not cancelling the contract for water tankers”.
What is the scam all about and how did it come to light
The alleged scam came to light when Delhi’s Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government, in June 2015, constituted a fact-finding committee to probe the irregularities in hiring some 385 stainless steel water tankers by the Delhi Jal Board in 2012, during Dikshit’s rule.
The five-member committee was formed by Delhi Water Minister Kapil Mishra.
Its report, submitted to Kejriwal in August 2015, highlights alleged corruption of Rs 400 crore in the process of awarding tenders for hiring water tankers.
It recommended an FIR against Congress leader Dikshit by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the ACB.
Last week, on Monday, almost a year later, the report was sent to the prime minister and Delhi’s lieutenant governor by the AAP government.
What did the Delhi government do after the panel submitted its report
On June 12, state Water Minister Mishra had written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung recommending either a CBI or ACB probe against Dikshit in connection with alleged scam. Read more.