Subramanian Swamy accuses new RBI governor of being involved in corruption

BJP senior leader Subramanian Swamy on Saturday accused new RBI governor, Shaktikanta Das of being involved in corruption, an allegation which he has made in the past as well. Swamy added that he was surprised with the appointment of Das and also voiced his opinion on who deserves to be on threatening post of RBI governor.

“The new governor of (RBI) is highly corrupt. I got him removed from the (Finance Ministry). I am calling Shaktikanta Das as a corrupt person. I am surprised that the man I got removed from the Finance Ministry for corruption was brought in as governor,” Swamy said at an interactive session at the Indian School of Business here.

“The new governor of (RBI) is highly corrupt. I got him removed from the (Finance Ministry). I am calling Shaktikanta Das as a corrupt person. I am surprised that the man I got removed from the Finance Ministry for corruption was brought in as governor,” Swamy said at an interactive session at the Indian School of Business here.

Later, when reporters asked Swamy who he thinks should head the RBI, the Rajya Sabha member named Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, professor R Vaidyanathan.

“Professor R Vaidyanathan, former professor of finance (IIM-B), would have been much better. He is also (an) old Sangh man. He is our man,” he said, adding that bringing S Gurumurthy on the RBI board was a mistake.

“He (Das) was removed from the Finance Ministry because he tried to interfere in my corruption case against (senior Congress leader) Chidambaram. He is Chidambaram’s ‘chela’ (disciple). When he was in Chennai, he was involved in a lot of corruption,” Swamy said.

Das has spearhead the process of remonetisation following the demonetisation, in 2016. He was named RBI governor, a day after Urjit Patel quit citing personal reasons.

However despite his recent differences with the party, Swamy asserted that BJP will win in 2019 general elections. He also hit out at Rahul Gandhi and alleged that the Congress President holds a British citizenship and hence can’t become Prime Minister. Though Gandhi has already refuted allegations of holding a British passport.

“By the way Rahul Gandhi cannot be a prime minister because he is a citizen of Britain and his Indian citizenship will be cancelled, he won’t even be an MP,” he claimed.

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