In an interview with Times Now, PM Modi said, “My experience with him has been good and I appreciate the work that he has done.”
Indirectly slamming his party MP Subramanian Swamy, PM Modi said that Rajan was no less “patriotic”.
“He (Rajan) is no less patriotic. He loves India. Wherever he will work, he will work for India and he is patriotic,” Modi said when asked what his take was on his party MP calling Rajan “not fully Indian”.
“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,” Modi hit out.
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— TIMES NOW (@TimesNow) June 27, 2016
This is the first time that the Prime Minister has spoken on Rajan after the latter announced his intention of not taking up a second term at RBI. Rajan has been criticised by Swamy on multiple accounts.
Swamy has also recently attacked CEA Arvind Subramananian and Economic Affairs Secretary Shaktikanta Das.
Last week, Jaitley had defended Arvind Subramananian saying, “We have full confidence in CEA, his advice is of great value.” “To what extent should we take this?”, Jaitley asked referring to politicians attacking those in government.
Jaitley chose the forum of the new textile policy announcements to publicly defend his CEA.
While that got the Rajya Sabha MP to say he was ‘suspending’ his demand for the CEA’s dismissal, he chose to go after economic affairs secretary Shaktikanta Das on Wednesday—in response to a tweet on Das, Swamy said he thought “there (was) a property deal case pending against him for assisting PC (P Chidambaram) swallow Mahabalipuram prime locations”.