Abhijit Banerjee is the winner of the 2019 Economics Nobel Prize, will call on Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi today. The meeting was scheduled in the middle of a huge debate prompted by the popular economist’s critique of the government’s economic policies and retort from BJP leaders like Union Minister Piyush Goyal.

PM Modi had congratulated Dr. Abhijit Banerjee after the announcement of the award and also praised his work in poverty alleviation. 

During an interview, Dr. Banerjee has said that he had worked in Gujarat when Narendra Modi was Chief Minister of Gujarat and had an “excellent experience”. 

58-year-old Abhijit Banerjee was quoted saying, “I am not partisan in my economic thinking. We work with any number of state governments, many of which are BJP governments. We worked with the Gujarat Pollution (Control) Board when Gujarat was under (Narendra) Modi, and we actually had an excellent experience. I would say that they were willing to engage with the evidence and they implemented policies that followed with that experience.”

Dr. Banerjee’s comments were in reply to Mr. Goyal calling the Nobel Prize Winner a “Left-Leaning” man. The Union Minister continued that “Abhijit Banerjee won the Nobel Prize, I congratulate him. But you all know what his understanding is. His thinking is totally Left-leaning. He had praised the NYAY scheme effusively, but the people of India totally rejected his thinking.”

The Nobel Laureate had assisted the Congress in formulating the NYAY Scheme, before the 2019 General Elections. The scheme promised to offer Rs. 72000 annually to each of 20 percent of families in the poorest of the poor category. 

Dr. Banerjee has shared the Nobel Prize with wife Esther Duflo, and Michael Kremer. 

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