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Swamy Climbs Down, Suspends Demand for CEA's Ouster

File photo of BJP Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian Swamy (L) and Chief Economic Adviser Arvind Subramanian (R).

File photo of BJP Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian Swamy (L) and Chief Economic Adviser Arvind Subramanian (R).

Swamy's reaction to the controversy came after Jaitley on Wednesday dismissed his attack on CEA.

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  • Last Updated: June 23, 2016, 10:53 AM IST
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New Delhi: A day after Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley backed Chief Economic Adviser (CEA) Arvind Subramanian, BJP MP Subramanian Swamy on Thursday called off his demand to remove him.

Swamy's tweet reads, "If BJP Union govt says that we know all about AS (Arvind Subramanian) but still he is an asset, then I will suspend my demand and wait for events to prove truth."

One of his tweets quoting CEA's comment (January 23, 2013) on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, reads, "Who said: "What about Gujarat? Mr. Modi stands indicted as a mediocre performer (judged by tax collection & social outcomes)..AS in BS 23/1/13."

"AS to US Cong: "US initiatives by discriminating against India companies and exporters will exert pressure on India to open up" AS 13/3/13!" Swamy's another tweet based on CEA's comment in 2013 reads.

"If an Indian?, held patriotic, can advise a foreign nation where he works, to twist India's arm, is to be forgiven, then I suspend my demand," he tweeted.

Swamy's reaction to the whole controversy came after Jaitley on Wednesday dismissed his attack on CEA and strongly defended him saying the government has full confidence in him and his advice is of "great value" to it.

"Government has full confidence in the CEA, he has provided valuable insights from time to time. The party does not endorse Swamy's view," Jaitley had said.

Subramanian was appointed CEA by the BJP Government in October 2014.

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