New Delhi: Nobel Laureate for Economics Abhijit Banerjee on Tuesday morning met Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The meeting took place amid a debate stirred by the economist’s critique of the Indian government’s economic policies. Notably, along with Banerjee, Economics Nobel laureate Esther Duflo also met the prime minister on October 22, stated a report.

During the past few days, Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo were busy promoting their book ‘Good Economics for Hard Time’s: Better Answers to Our Biggest Problems’ in the country. It must be noted that Banerjee won the Nobel Prize for Economics along with his French-American economist wife Esther Duflo and American economist Michael Kremer this year. After the announcement of the Nobel prize winners, PM Modi had congratulated Banerjee for his commendable work in poverty alleviation.

Union Railway and Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal also congratulated the Nobel laureate but called him a ‘Left-leaner’, whose ideology had been rejected by the people. “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”, stated senior BJP leader Goyal during a recent press conference in Pune.

Notably, Abhijit Banerjee had helped Congress develop the Nyutam Aay Yojana scheme (NYAY), under which the party had promised to provide Rs 72000 per year. The Nobel laureate also lauded BJP’s Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana, Jan Dhan, Ayushman Bharat programmes claiming that they are useful in the long run. “While the Ayushman Bharat scheme, in the long run, will save the people, the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana will help people in saving their money”, a report quoted the JNU alumnus as saying.