Subramanian Swamy attacks ‘team Jaitley’ for not doing any work
Bharatiya Janata Party leader and Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian Swamy on Saturday decried the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley for doing ‘haphazard preparations’ and criticised Chief Economic Advisor Arvind Subramanian and Economic Affairs Secretary Shaktikanta Das of sitting idle, instead of tackling the currency deficit after government’s demonetisation on Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes.
“We assumed that the delay after May 2014 was because preparations were going on, but now I find that the Finance Minister has made no preparations, everything is now ad-hoc. I raised the question of sending out Arvind Subramanian and Shaktikanta Das, but Jaitley came to their defence and now we know they didn’t do any work, somebody has to be responsible,” the former Harvard Professor said.
“But due to demonetisation we will get one year breathing space for the terrorist operations which was based on money and counterfeit notes, so that is great game. The suffering of people is painful, but we can put up with it and I hope the Prime Minister also abolish income tax and make people happy again,” Swamy added.
On Friday, Supreme Court has warned that the situation may go out of control and even lead to riots if the government fails to solve the note deficiency in the country.
A bench of Chief Justice TS Thakur and Justice A R Dave observed: “People are affected and they have the right to approach the courts. People are frantic. There may even be riots.”