PM Modi backs Raghuram Rajan in interview with Times Now

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New Delhi, June 27: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday (June 27) told Times Now journalist Arnab Goswami in an exclusive interview that outgoing RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan is no less patriotic than anybody else and those who have said things against him did injustice. [What PM Modi told Arnab Goswami]

Rajan announced his decision to not take up a second term as the RBI governor after attacks came on him from a number of quarters, including those below the belt. Maverick BJP MP Subramanian Swamy especially attacked Rajan personally a number of times---even saying the latter is not fully Indian and questioned his personal integrity and professional efficiency.

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For many, the prime minister's statement was an explicit warning to Swamy who has targeted not just Rajan but others, including the chief economic adviser to the NDA government, Arvind Subramanian. Swamy also took a dig at Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley after the latter disapproved of his remarks against Subramanian. [Subramanian Swamy is a dangerous rightist-nationalist-majoritarian combo who can hurt PM Modi]

Swamy accused Subramanian of backing the US companies in his 2013 testimony to the US Congress and also said the latter had encouraged the Congress to go "rigid" on the crucial Goods and Services Tax.


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