- Chief Economic Advisor Arvind Subramanian quit on Wednesday
- "BJP treasurer has the keys to the Indian economy," said Rahul Gandhi
- Arun Jaitley and Mr Subramanian met through video call a few days ago
In a veiled dig at the government's style of functioning, the Congress chief said that while the brightest people are quitting, the former finance minister is breaking the news on Facebook.
Ex ? FM is locked in his room, breaking news on FaceBook.- Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) June 20, 2018
BJP Treasurer has the keys to the Indian Economy.
The brightest flee the sinking ship, as the "invisible hand" of the RSS steers it onto the rocks.
Meanwhile, Captain DeMo is fast asleep.
It's crazy out there !
Arvind Subramanian, whose contract was to end in May 2019, quit on Monday after four years in what he described as "the best job I ever had, not without controversies sometimes." His exit was announced by Union Minister Arun Jatley through a Facebook post.
"He would like to go back to the United States on account of pressing family commitments... He left me with no option but to agree with him," Arun Jaitley wrote on the premature exit.
Mr Subramanian, 59, a senior Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, became Chief Economic Adviser on October 16, 2014 for a period of three years, which was extended. He took over the job when his predecessor Raghuram Rajan moved on to become RBI governor.
Mr Subramanian built up a "strong team of both insiders and outsiders", said the minister.
"He would walk into my room - at times several times a day, addressing me as 'Minister' to give either the good news or otherwise. Needless to say his departure will be missed by me," Mr Jaitley wrote, ending his glowing tribute with the words that are also the title of his post: "Thank you Arvind".
This is the third instance in three years of a US-educated Indian economist to leave a top post. Raghuram Rajan was the first to go in 2016; he was not offered a second term as RBI chief. Last year, Arvind Panagariya quit as the head of the Niti Aayog.