Shiv Sena leader Arvind Sawant has drawn a scornful attack on the newly appointed Reserve Bank of India Governor Shaktikanta Das.
Calling him the 'slave' of the government, the Shiv Sena MP questions the appointment of a non-economist RBI Governor.
He said, "You must have recently heard that the government asked for over 3 lakh crore from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). They were refused. Then an environment was created to show that the topic is faded but Urjit Patel gave his resignation and there's a new Governor now. His name is Shaktikanta Das, but at the end, he's a 'das' (slave). Shakti (power) is there, das (slave) is here. So we'll see how this works out."
"He's an IAS officer, that's alright, but he's not from the field. He's was still brought because he's a 'das'," he added.
On December 13 the former Union finance minister, P. Chidambaram and senior Congress leader alleged that the BJP assumes it "owns" the RBI and fails to grasp the independence of the central bank, while asserting that the Union government is only after "hoard of cash" and "pot of gold".
Addressing the Lokmat National Conclave, he hit out at the Union government over the appointment of Shaktikanta Das as the RBI governor, saying it "worries" him that an official who was a "vocal supporter" of demonetisation has been given the key post at the country's central bank.
He also hoped that Das stands up to the autonomy and rights of the RBI.
"Anyone who vocally supported demonetisation was wrong. It does not mean that if you are wrong on one issue, you cannot be right on other issues. But you must have the humility and honesty to accept that you made a mistake. Whether Shaktikanta Das has the freedom to acknowledge that demonetisation was a mistake, I doubt that.
"It worries me that they have appointed two persons to two key posts, both of who were vocal supporters of demonetisation," he said when asked about his views on the appointment of Das as the RBI governor.
Shaktikanta Das took charge as the 25th Governor of the Reserve Bank early on December 12 and promised to take all stakeholders, including the government, along on key policy issues to maintain growth while keeping inflation under check.