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Differences with BJP a media speculation, says Rajan

April 11, 2014 16:18 IST

Image: Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi, prime ministerial candidate for India's main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Gujarat's chief minister, gestures as he speaks during their national council meeting at Ramlila ground in New Delhi.
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Brushing aside as ‘speculation’ that he has differences with the leaders of Bharatiya Janata Party, widely expected to form the next government, Reserve Bank of India Governor Raghuram Rajan said they are ‘media invention’.

"On differences with the new government, I haven't had any discussion with the new government. I think its all press invented difference. I think it should be seen as speculation rather than any actual differences," he said while commenting on reported differences with the BJP leaders.

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Differences with BJP a media speculation, says Rajan

Image: RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan.
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Rajan's comment comes against the backdrop of certain BJP leaders questioning his policies to deal with the current economic woes.

BJP leader Subramanian Swamy is reported to have said: "We can make it worthwhile for him (Raghuram Rajan) to leave."

Expressing similar opinion BJP Treasurer Piyush Goyal attacked Rajan over a series of interest rate hikes intended to curb inflation, now at double the RBI's longer-term 4 per cent target, at a time when economic growth has fallen to its slowest in a decade.

During the 7-month stint, he has raised key policy rate thrice by 0.25 per cent each.

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Differences with BJP a media speculation, says Rajan

Image: Supporters of Gujarat's chief minister Narendra Modi wear masks of Modi during a rally in Chennai.
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Rajan was appointed RBI Governor in September 2013 by Congress-led United Progressive Alliance which is expected to perform poorly in the ongoing general election.

The new government is expected to be in place after May 16 results.

On improvement in parameters like current account deficit, moderation in inflation, the Governor said: "the success belongs entirely to the Finance Ministry and not to the Reserve Bank of India.

“We work together and I think one of the benefits is that there is a greater sense of comfort on fiscal consolidation.

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Differences with BJP a media speculation, says Rajan

Image: Reserve Bank of India Governor Raghuram Rajan (R) gestures as he responds to a question as Chairman of the Council Economic Advisers Jason Furman listens during a CNN Debate on the Global Economy, as part of the IMF and World Bank's 2013 Annual Fall Meetings, in Washington October 10, 2013.
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"I think signal biggest factor in the stabilisation of the external market was the current account deficit came down significantly from north of 5 per cent now the run rate of 1 per cent," he said an event organised by Brookings Institute in Washington on Thursday.

CAD is expected to come down about $35 billion in 2013-14 from a record high of $88.2 billion or 4.8 per cent of gross domestic product.

At the same time, Wholesale Price Index based inflation eased to 9-month low of 4.68 per cent in February, while retail inflation slowed to 25-month low of 8.1 per cent.

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