New Delhi: With Raghuram Rajan announcing his decision to leave his post as the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor on the completion of his term, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi did not need experts like Rajan since he already knew ‘everything’
Taking a shot at the Centre in a series of tweets, he said, Prime Minister Narendra Modi knows everything. He has no need for experts like Raghuram Rajan.”
Rahul said it was people like him who made India great, Rahul thanked Rajan for steering the Indian economy in difficult times.
Former home minister P Chidamabaram, who expressed disappointment over Rajan’s decision, said this was clearly India’s loss and lashed out at the Centre for inviting this development.
He slammed the BJP-led Centre for being responsible for this development, and added that it was the ‘craftily planned campaign of insinuations, baseless allegations and puerile attacks on a distinguished academic and economist’ which led to Rajan’s announcement.
Former union minister Veerappa Moily, who blamed the adverse environment created by the BJP-led regime at the Centre for the RBI Governor’s decision to not continue with his current post, hinted at the RSS being involved in the entire matter.
Moily criticised the saffron outfit for having embarrassed Rajan and said the latter was needed to steer the economy in times of global economic uncertainty.
Moily said, “the reason is well known to him. But the manner in which some of these BJP leaders, including the commerce minister and one of the important BJP leaders Subramanian Swamy, and also the Nagpur RSS camp was lobbying against him, was the most unpleasant thing that happened in the country.”
Moily said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi or Finance Minister Arun Jaitley should have made an attempt to curb elements in the BJP levelling false allegations against Rajan, including Swamy.
Meanwhile, Swamy welcomed Rajan’s decision to leave his post, saying he was not even going to be offered a second term in the first place.
Swamy reportedly said that Rajan made this decision in order to save his self respect.
Swamy said, “Was he getting a second term in the first place? How do we know that he was getting a second term? I have no information that he was getting a second term. So if he says he wants to go and wants to save his self respect, I have no problem. Let them pretend that he is giving up and going but as long as he goes, it’s good.”
(With Agency Inputs)