FinMin responds to Swamy’s attack: ‘Knew of CEA Arvind Subramanian’s stance on IPR before hand’

Hours after Subramanian Swamy called for Arvind Subramanian's removal, the Finance Ministry has come out in support of the CEA.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: July 22, 2016 12:10:21 pm
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As BJP leader Subramanian Swamy went after his new target Chief Economic Adviser Arvind Subramanian, Finance Ministry on Wednesday defended his appointment, saying it knew of his stance on key issues like IPR before hand.

Government had taken a considered view when it appointed the former IMF economist as CEA, sources in the ministry said.

The Finance Ministry knew of his stance on key issues like Intellectural Property Rights (IPR) before choosing him, they said adding the ministry was not giving credence to Swamy’s remarks on Subrmananian.

 

After targeting RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan, Swamy has now trained his guns on the CEA, demanding his sacking. “Who said to US Cong on 13/3/13 the US should act against India to defend US Pharmaceuticals interests? Arvind Subramanian MoF !! Sack him!!!,” he tweeted.

Swamy’s attack comes in the wake of reports of Arvind Subramanian being among the probable successors of Rajan as the country’s central bank chief. The BJP government had in October, 2014 appointed IIM-Ahmedabad allumnus Subramanian as CEA in the Finance Ministry.

eacting to the attack, Congress leader Divijaya Singh said his target is not Arvind Subramanian but Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and asked whether Prime MinisterNarendra Modi is handing over Finance Ministry to Swamy.

“Subramanian Swamy now guns for Arvind Subramanian Economic Advisor to NDA. Target is Arun Jaitley not Arvind Subramanian,” he said.

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