Chidambaram slams Modi over his ‘recounting minister’ remarks

Chennai: “In the 2009 elections, in Sivaganga constituency, there was only one count and no re-count. A simple check with the Returning Officer would have confirmed that there was no re-count. How many times can people in high places peddle a lie?” said Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram on Monday.

He was responding to the statement made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday during his public meeting at Tirupur. He called senior Congress leader P Chidambaram a ‘recounting Minister’ of the UPA regime and further charged him for leaving the country’s economy in bad shape and even described him as arrogant.

Modi had said he wanted to recall the state of affairs during the previous UPA regime. “There was a very wise minister from Tamilnadu… the recounting minister,” he said, without naming the former Union Finance Minister.

Modi had made the same ‘recounting Minister’ remark during his 2014 Lok Sabha election campaign, in which, in an apparent reference to Chidambaram’s 2009 victory in Lok Sabha polls from Sivaganga after a recounting of votes, Modi, the then Gujarat chief minister, had described him as the “recounting minister.”

Chidambaram, however, insisted that there was no re-count of votes in the 2009 Lok Sabha polls as was being said by Modi repeatedly.

NT Bureau