Govt trying to silence my voice, will still speak, write: P Chidambaram

The Congress said “revenge has become the DNA of the BJP government”, but none of its leaders or those in the opposition would be deterred out of “fear of the politics of revenge and vendetta.”

Written by Manoj C G , Arun Janardhanan | New Delhi | Updated: May 17, 2017 8:56 am
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ACCUSING THE Centre of trying to “silence” him by using the CBI and other agencies to target his son and friends, former Union Minister P Chidambaram said on Tuesday that he would continue to “speak and write”.

Speaking to mediapersons in Chennai, Karti Chidambaram said he had “not done anything wrong”. “I am being targeted politically and personally to besmirch the name of my father. I will issue a detailed statement after the raids are over… They have not seized any documents and cannot prove any charges against me. I have not done anything wrong,” he said.

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The Congress said “revenge has become the DNA of the BJP government”, but none of its leaders or those in the opposition would be deterred out of “fear of the politics of revenge and vendetta.”

“The government’s aim is to silence my voice and stop me from writing, as it has tried to do in the cases of leaders of opposition parties, journalists, columnists, NGOs and civil society organisations. All I will say is I shall continue to speak and write,” said P Chidambaram in a statement.

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“Every case was processed according to law and approval was granted or refused in accordance with the recommendations of the FIPB consisting of five secretaries to the Government of India,” he said.

“FIPB approval is granted in hundreds of cases. The five secretaries who constitute the FIPB, the officials of the FIPB secretariat and the competent authority in each case are public officials. There is no allegation against any of them. There is no allegation against me,” he said.

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The Congress raked up the Vyapam issue, Lalit Modi case and Sahara Birla papers controversy to hit back at the BJP government.

“May we ask the BJP government, is Vyapam not a corruption scam? And has the Prime Minister taken action against Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan who was also the medical education minister. May we ask the Prime Minister under what circumstances did Vasundhara Raje submit an affidavit in favour of a fugitive from law and told British authorities not to disclose that affidavit to Indian authorities. Has he taken action against Raje,” said Congress communication department head Randeep Surjewala.

“May we ask the Prime Minister why he has not taken action against his foreign minister who helped Lalit Modi, who escaped from the clutches of law? May we ask the Prime Minister what action he has taken against the Gujarat State Petroleum Corporation where Rs 20,000 crore of the exchequer’s money was lost… he himself was chief minister of the state at that time, and by implication in charge of GSPC. May we ask the Prime Minister why is he shying away… if the yardstick is morality… from ordering an inquiry into the Sahara-Birla papers in which none less than the PM himself has been named repeatedly as having taken bribes,” he said.

“The truth is that revenge has become the DNA of the BJP government. But we want to reiterate that neither P Chidambaram, nor any Congress leader or any other leader of opposition, would be deterred or cow down out of fear of the politics of revenge and vendetta,” he said.

In Chennai, the state Congress committee accused the BJP of “misusing government machinery” to target political opponents. Terming the CBI raids as “politically motivated”, Tamil Nadu Congress Committee (TNCC) president S Thirunavukkarasar said central government officials “were being active only in Tamil Nadu”.

Referring to the earlier raids targeting AIADMK leaders, Thirunavukkarasar alleged that the BJP was misusing government machinery to “threaten” them to ensure the party’s support in the presidential and vice-presidential elections.

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    Tejinder Singh
    May 17, 2017 at 4:59 pm
    Bravo Mr. Chidambaram. Your honesty and integrity can never be questioned. Desperate acts of jittery Modi because of your very clear analysis in your columns, which he can not counter on facts, hence this illegal use of CBI and IT. Do not bother about the condemn-able comments of RSS stooges. Continue on your path of truth and honesty against which even the best of orchestrated goondaism can not stand.
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      Mohan
      May 17, 2017 at 9:28 am
      Their Electoral fraud and EVM tapering got exposed so out of desperation targeting Kejrival, Didi, and other opostion leaders. Yhey may pay soon for misuse of power and CBI.
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        krishna
        May 17, 2017 at 8:29 am
        The only issue is who listens and who reads?
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          Tejinder Singh
          May 17, 2017 at 5:04 pm
          If you do not listen and read, does that cons ute 100 ? Ignorant people like you are a minuscule minority.
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          ak
          May 17, 2017 at 8:06 am
          Kudos. Speaking and writing are "HONEST" ways of earning a living .. finally you are moving to earn an honest living .. Teach a honest skill to your son too sir, while you're at it ..
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            vs
            May 17, 2017 at 8:04 am
            Yes you will write from jail.You will have plenty of free time in jail.
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              Kabir Kabir
              May 17, 2017 at 7:50 am
              Standard reaction when corruption by a politician is uncovered. These people are utterly shameless. They need to be in jail.
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                Venkat
                May 17, 2017 at 7:17 am
                Modi should remember "what goes around comes around". So far political parties have refrained from troub each other on a personal level, but now Modi is opening Pandora's box. Shows his desperation.
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                  Mahender Goriganti
                  May 17, 2017 at 7:00 am
                  Does anybody care other than Islamic Express as to what this corrupt, imbecile bankrupt minded joker former financier writes??
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                    Tejinder Singh
                    May 17, 2017 at 5:13 pm
                    Urgency and ambition to be the bigger sycophant makes people lose basic decency of appropriately addressing respected and talented people. Anybody using his own head rather toeing BJP-RSS line seems Islamic to them.
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                    SubbuI
                    May 17, 2017 at 6:38 am
                    LET MODI PUT ALL SONYA, RAHUL.VADRA. P.CHIDDAMBARAM. KARTI AND ALL THE OPPOSITION LEADERS IN JAIL ONCE FOR ALL INSTEAD DOING ALL THESE RAIDS.COURT CASES AND OTHER THAMASHAS AND NOTHING COULD BE EVEN ESTABLISHED LEAVE ALONE PROVED. WE WARN THIS SSAFFRON DICTATOR HE TOO WILL NOT GET CLEAN CHIT NEXT TIME WHEN HE IS OUT OF POWER AND (HE CAN NOT BE EVER IN POWER) FOR BUTCHERING 3048 POOR MUSLIMS IN ONE NIGHT IN GUJARATH IN 2002 RIOTS. Be ured . Arrogance too got limitation.Any thing that goes up have to come down. MODI CAN NOT RULE AND FOOL FOR EVER
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                      Mahender Goriganti
                      May 17, 2017 at 7:02 am
                      Jihadi in all shades in all shades on Islamic Express, nothing much else to say other than Allah ho Akber. .
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                      Dinesh Singh
                      May 17, 2017 at 6:27 am
                      No Sir, actually your voice has been rejected by majority of Indian people during general election so pleez don't blame Govt for your son's misdeeds and cal it political vendetta is equally shameful.Stop using this overused and misused weapon by you and your friends against CBI is largely exposed as people of Indian are quite smarter and they are well familiar with the real happenings around their surrounding.
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                        Anil Bharali
                        May 17, 2017 at 6:14 am
                        Mr P Chidambaram himself is a lawyer and a politician if he is clean why he has to make this kind of remark while Ex PM Manmohan Singh has not made such comment against him..
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                          R S
                          May 17, 2017 at 5:59 am
                          Government need not silence Chidambaram's voice. People had already silenced him by rejecting him and his corrupt son in the elections. Instead of crying and shouting let them face the trial in the court. The fit place for Chidu is Tihar. Most of his friends in the Karunanidhi family will give him company in Tihar shortly. He is a white color Congress looter ready to do anything including communal divide of the society just to am wealth. Law must be enforced on him. This is the simple expectation of the public.
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                            Shantilal Parmar
                            May 17, 2017 at 5:56 am
                            Mr. P do you think indian people are fool you congress has looted India and you say CBI is troub because you write come on accept the truth
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                              jemma thomas
                              May 17, 2017 at 5:36 am
                              You are a thief. looted the poor people's money and shifted them to overseas. you have to be hung in public. you only deserve that nothing else. Time to sit in dog house.
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                                Rock G
                                May 17, 2017 at 5:19 am
                                Your writings and speech has Congress in a backslide. Why would the govt want you to stop? Go on as the BJP gets more popular. Now face the corruption music.
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