Prime Minister Narendra Modi in an interview to Times Now said that the country will not benefit from publicity stunts, and that people needed to be more responsible while conducting themselves. Modi was responding to a question regarding the recent attacks on Reserve Bank of India Governor Raghuram Rajan, as well as other senior leaders and bureaucrats. He added that he had a very clear message and that he was "not in two minds about it".
Bharatiya Janata Party legislator Subramanian Swamy had severely criticised Rajan, and said the RBI chief was “mentally not fully Indian”, and alleged that he was deliberately trying to “wreck the Indian economy”. He had also asked the Centre to suspend the RBI Governor. Rajan on June 18 announced he would not take a second term in the post after his tenure ends in September.
Modi said, “Whether it is someone from my party or not I believe such things are inappropriate,” and added that anybody who believed they were bigger than the system was wrong. Swamy most recently took on Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and said that he only answered to the prime minister, soon after Jaitey had criticised the Rajya Sabha MP’s attacks on top economists including Chief Economic Advisor Arvind Subramanian. Jaitley had called Swamy’s comments on Subramanian an “unfair and false attack”.