Taking a direct swipe at Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley who disapproved of his remarks against Chief Economic Advisor Arvind Subramanian, BJP Rajya Sabha member Subramanian Swamy Thursday said he had nothing to do with Jaitley since “I speak to Prime Minister and the (BJP) party president”.
Responding to queries from reporters on the sidelines of Yogashala Expo in New Delhi, Swamy defended his remarks against the CEA: “Jaitleyji kya bole, kya nahi bole iss se mujhe kya lena dena (What do I have to do with what Jaitley said or did not say). I speak to Prime Minister and the (BJP) party president when required.”
On Thursday, Swamy also targeted Economic Affairs Secretary Shaktikanta Das who reports to Jaitley. In a tweet, Swamy said: “I think there (is) a property deal case pending against him (Das) for assisting PC swallow Mahabalipuram prime locations.”
This was in reply to his Twitter followers who said Das should be reverted to his parent cadre Tamil Nadu.
His attack on Das prompted Jaitley, who was away in Beijing, to take to Twitter and launch a counter: “An unfair and false attack on a disciplined civil servant in the Finance Ministry.”
On Wednesday, Jaitley had expressed displeasure over Swamy’s tirade against Subramanian and RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan.
But Swamy Thursday reiterated charges against Subramanian: “Who said what about Gujarat? Mr. Modi stands indicted as a mediocre performer (judged by tax collection & social outcomes)..AS in BS 23/1/13..”
In another tweet he said: “If BJP Union govt says that we know all about AS but still he is an asset, then I will suspend my demand and wait for events to prove truth.” He also tweeted: “AS to US Cong: “US initiatives by discriminating against India companies and exporters will exert pressure on India to open up” AS 13/3/13 ! “
Swamy played down the BJP distancing itself from his remarks: “Who said the party is distancing from it? Only newspapers say so.” Told that the BJP spokesperson had said the party did not concur with his views, he said: “When did I say I was talking on behalf of the party?”
BJP sources said Swamy, who was backed by many in the party informally over his stand against Raghuram Rajan, had been asked to refrain from any direct attack on the CEA. But Swamy had another tweet on Subramanian: “If an Indian?, held patriotic, can advise a foreign nation where he works, to twist India’s arm, is to be forgiven, then I suspend my demand.”