"A nominated member of Rajya Sabha with BJP's backing has launched a scathing attack on the Chief Economic Advisor of the Prime Minister, Arvind Subramanian and has described him as an agent of US Pharma companies. But the Prime Minister has not uttered a word on this issue," Congress spokesperson P.L. Punia said while addressing a press conference at the party headquarters here.
"Swamy is doing all this because he wants to be the country's Finance Minister," Punia said insisting that the primary target of Swamy's attack is Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.
He added that Modi's silence "has encouraged the attacks on honest, credible and impartial officers who believe to work on merit."
"This government insults honest officials and discourages them from carrying out their duties," Punia said.
Meanwhile, senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh too attacked Modi and Swamy.
"Subramanian Swamy now guns for Arvind Subramanian Economic Advisor to NDA. Target is Arun Jaitley not Arvind Subramanian," Singh tweeted.
"Is Modi handing over Finance Ministry to Subramanian Swamy," asked Digvijaya Singh.
"He (Swamy) has been claiming that PM has assured him as quid pro quo if he targeted the Nehru Gandhi Family," Digvijaya Singh said.
Supporting Digvijaya Singh's claims, Punia asserted, "He never says anything without any basis or reason."