Piyush Goyal says Nobel laureate Abhijit Banerjee is ‘Left-leaning’

Piyush Goyal minister of Railways and Commerce Government of India at a press conference in Pune on Friday

Piyush Goyal minister of Railways and Commerce Government of India at a press conference in Pune on Friday

Union Minister Piyush Goyal said on Friday (October 18) that Nobel victor Abhijit Banerjee is "totally Left-leaning" and his theories have been rejected by the people of India "I congratulate Abhijit Banerjee the victor of Nobel prize in Economics. You all know that his thinking is totally Left-leaning", Goyal said.

Nobel laureate Abhijit Banerjee has said that he does not regret advising the Congress Party on the Nyutam Aay Yojana, or NYAY scheme, and added that he would have also helped the Bharatiya Janata Party if it had asked, The Times of India reported on Saturday.

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Asked whether he thought Banerjee's views on the state of Indian Economy were biased, Goyal said the reporter should pose this question to Banerjee himself. While congratulating him for winning the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel, Congress party had said that he was a key consultant for the NYAY programme. "That I'm entitled to have an opinion about". He also blamed PM Narendra Modi for the economic slowdown in the country.

On October 14, Gandhi tweeted, "Congratulations to #AbhijitBanerjee on winning the Nobel Prize in Economics". The Union Minister said that he congratulated Banerjee for winning the prestigious award. "Instead we now have Modinomics, that's destroying the economy and boosting poverty".

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In an interview with CNN News18, this year's victor of Nobel prize in Economics Abhijit Banerjee shrugged off the responsibility of NYAY, claiming that it was not "necessarily a well-designed scheme". "In just two decades, their new experiment-based approach has transformed development economics, which is now a flourishing field of research".

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