BJP's National Information & Technology chief Amit Malviya criticized the Indian National Congress' take on the meeting between Economics Nobel Laureate Abhijit Banerjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal had earlier taken to Twitter to call the meeting a photo op.
Malviya, quoting Sibal and redirecting the same to the latter, said, "Is Mr. Sibal upset that the Abhijit Banerjee, has disowned them? Has disowned the idea of NYAY with Rahul Gandhi, what the latter was speaking about in the run-up of the 2019 General Elections? Is he upset that Mr. Banerjee came out and has very effusive words for the Prime Minister? Is Mr. Sibal upset that Mr. Baner not willing to play on the agenda that the congress had? The fact remains that Mr Banerjee has a certain world view and he had the opportunity to share it with the Prime Minister. The Prime Minister on his part spent some time explaining and talking about his vision for India and his idea of how he is bringing about reforms? And Mr Banerjee was quite in awe of what the Prime Minister said I think that is what is troubling Mr. Sibal but that is only natural."
Abhijit Banerjee was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics along with Esther Duflo and Michael Kremer "for their experimental approach to alleviating global poverty." He met with PM Modi on Tuesday and after the meeting the PM took to Twitter and said, "Excellent meeting with Nobel Laureate Abhijit Banerjee. His passion towards human empowerment is clearly visible. We had a healthy and extensive interaction on various subjects. India is proud of his accomplishments. Wishing him the very best for his future endeavours. On the other hand, Banerjee said, "I was privileged to meet the PM. The PM gave me quite a lot of time and told me about his way of thinking about India, which was quite unique. We have the policies and what he was thinking about it. He talked about governance and the mistrust people share on the ground, which creates an elite structure of control."