BJP leader Subramanian Swamy believes he could be a better Finance Minister than the incumbent Arun Jaitley. “I am an economist. He is a lawyer. How can he be better than me?” Swamy, whose hostility to Jaitley is an open secret, said at a India Today Mind Rocks Summit on Saturday.
Swamy’s reply followed AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi’s comment that inflation would have been in check had Swamy been the Finance Minister. “There has been a fight between southern Brahmins and northern Brahmins for long,” Swamy later quipped.
Dr. Swamy’s relentless criticism of former Reserve Bank of India Governor Raghuram Rajan was also seen as an indirect attack on the Finance Minister.
On being asked by the moderator whether BJP has imposed a gag on him, Swamy had a go again at Jaitley, saying, “There is no gag order on me. Your problem is that you talk to Jaitley a lot.”