Union Minister Piyush Goyal on Friday spoke to the media about Nobel Prize winner Abhijit Banerjee and his work in the conceptualisation of NYAY– a scheme which made into the 2019 Lok Sabha poll manifesto of Congress. After it was announced that Indian-origin economist and academic Abhijit Banerjee and his wife Esther Duflo won the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences, former Congress president Rahul Gandhi lauded Banerjee for his work of conceptualising the NYAY scheme. The Union Minister said that he congratulated Banerjee for winning the prestigious award. He added people had, however, rejected NYAY, which was clear by giving the NDA the mandate in the 2019 polls.
"I congratulate Abhiit Banerjee for winning the Nobel Prize. But everyone knows about is ideology. His thinking is completely left-leaning. He sang praises of NYAY, but the people of India totally rejected the scheme and his ideology," the Minister said.
#WATCH Piyush Goyal:Abhijit Banerjee ji ko nobel prize mila main unko badhai deta hun.Lekin unki samajh ke bare me to aap sab jaante hain.Unki jo thinking hai,wo totally left leaning hai.Unhone NYAY ke bade gungaan gaye the,Bharat ki janta ne totally reject kar diya unki soch ko pic.twitter.com/v7OO49ie5E— ANI (@ANI) October 18, 2019
Congratulating Banerjee, Rahul Gandhi had said he had helped the party conceptualise its NYAY scheme to help remonetize the economy. He also blamed PM Narendra Modi for the economic slowdown in the country. "Congratulations to Abhijit Banerjee on winning the Nobel Prize in Economics. Abhijit helped conceptualise NYAY that had the power to destroy poverty and boost the Indian economy. Instead, we now have Modinomics, that's destroying the economy and boosting poverty," he said on Twitter.