Economist P. Pai Pandikar said, “Most likely Arun Jaitley will be the next finance minister of the country. He is very close to Modi and the PM-elect has confidence in him. I think he is a very capable person who can handle the portfolio.”
Jawaharlal Nehru University's former vice-chancellor and an eminent expert on the economic issues Dr B. B. Bhattacharya, on being asked about who he thinks will be the next finance minister, says that it is an internal matter of the party to decide on the name. However, he said that the person who is going to handle this portfolio should have a good understanding of the finance sector, mainly in public finance.
“He should have an ability of making right policy to manage inflation and value of rupee against dollar. He/she should take a balanced approach while formulating a policy and have good knowledge about the world economy and current economic scenario. The person should not be of hard core mentality rather flexible, neither one sided nor rigid but friendly to work with all,” said Dr. Bhattacharya.
SP Sharma, an economist with industry body PHD, while keeping himself away from taking any individual's name for the finance portfolio said that whoever may carry the portfolio should be an intellectual and have a good knowledge of the global economic disturbance and Indian economic scenario.
“The person should understand well the rural segment of Indian economy and structural economic problems,” said Sharma.