People rejected Abhijit Banerjee's Left-leaning ideology: Piyush Goyal

People rejected Abhijit Banerjee's Left-leaning ideology: Piyush Goyal

People rejected Abhijit Banerjee's Left-leaning ideology: Piyush Goyal

Union Minister Piyush Goyal on Friday spoke to the media about Nobel Prize victor Abhijit Banerjee and his work in the conceptualisation of NYAY- a scheme which made into the 2019 Lok Sabha poll manifesto of Congress.

The Union commerce and industry minister, at a media briefing in Pune, also described Banerjee as a "Left-leaning" person.

Banerjee's remarks came following criticism by BJP leaders, who, while praising the economist for his Nobel Prize, questioned his work for the NYAY programme and his political leanings.

He had endorsed Nyay, the minimum basic income scheme promised by the Congress during the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

Banerjee said,"The economy is doing very badly in my view", at a press conference at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology after winning the prize. "That I'm entitled to have an opinion about".

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".

"But it is not necessary to agree with what he says and especially when the people of this country rejected his suggestion, there is no need to accept what he thinks", the Union minister said. Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi had also tweeted that Abhijit Banerjee had helped conceptualise NYAY.

He added that it was a matter of pride that an Indian won the Nobel prize. "Instead, we now have Modinomics, that's destroying the economy and boosting poverty", he said on Twitter.

The Swedish Academy of sciences awarded the Nobel Prize to the three for their research which, "has considerably improved our ability to fight global poverty".

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