Modi condemns Swamy's attack on Rajan

Updated: 27 Jun 2016 01:42 PM
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday condemned BJP MP Subramanian Swamy's attack on Reserve Bank of India Governor Raghuram Rajan and top finance ministry officials, saying "it was not right".

"Whether it is in my party or not, I think things like these are not good," Modi told TimesNow news channel in an interview. He said the remarks were not fair and the "desire for publicity will not do any good to the nation".

"If anybody considers himself bigger than the system, it's not correct," he added.

Modi was asked whether it was appropriate that despite he putting forth seven "mantras" before BJP leaders and workers during the National Executive meet at Allahabad, "your Rajya Sabha MP" has been attacking Rajan and other government officials.

"My message is very clear. I have no confusion about it," Modi said when asked whether his message on the issue is clear.

The Prime Minister also said he had no doubts about Rajan's patriotism.

"I appreciate the work done by him and his love for the country is unquestionable. His services, even after he retires, will be available to the nation."

Modi also said that when his government took over in May 2014, there was a perception that Rajan would not be allowed to complete his term as the RBI governor, but it was proved otherwise.

"There was a strong perception that Rajan would be removed soon after the new government takes over, but this did not happen and he is completing his term," he said, adding that all misconceptions have been proved wrong.

Swamy has publicly attacked Rajan saying he was "mentally not fully Indian". He also wrote to the Prime Minister demanding that Rajan be denied an extension. Later, Rajan announced that he was not taking a second term.

Swamy had also demanded removal of Chief Economic Advisor alleging that Arvind Subramanian had asked the US Congress that it should act against India to defend US pharmaceuticals interests.

Swamy also targeted Economic Affairs Secretary Shaktikanta Das.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has strongly backed Subramanian and Das.


On Text Defaulters

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said he would give a taste of law to wilful loan defaulters who, having defaulted on huge corporate loans, escape to foreign countries.

"Kanoon kya hota hai yeh mein un logo ko dikhaoonga (I will show them what law can do)," Modi said in an interview with Times Now news channel.

The Prime Minister was responding to a question on big businessmen who default on loans but go scot free, taking advantage of loopholes in the law.

Modi said he would bring all such people back to the country to face the law.

"The public is sure that if anyone can do this, it is Narendra Modi. And I would certainly do it," he said.

He was speaking in the context of former IPL chief Lalit Modi and liquor baron Vijay Mallya, both of whom are charged with alleged financial fraud and have fled to London.

On Foreign Policy

The government works as a team on issues of foreign policy, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Monday.

Admitting that foreign policy was a new subject to him when he took over as Prime Minister in May 2014, Modi said: "We work as a team."

He said the External Affairs Ministry, the Prime Minister's Office, the Commerce Ministry and the Defence Ministry, "we work as a team.

"This impact you see (on foreign policy) is not because of Modi, but because of the team," Modi told TimesNow in an interview.