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Chidambaram calls Narendra Modi ‘encounter minister’

Narendra Modi has been referring to Chidamabaram as 'recounting minister' in his election rallies.

By: Press Trust of India | Chennai | Updated: April 17, 2014 5:52 pm

In a fresh war of words, P Chidambaram on Thursday hit out at Narendra Modi, dubbing him a “compulsive liar” and an “encounter Chief Minister”.

Modi, who has been referring to Chidamabaram as “recounting minister” in his election rallies, also sharpened his attack on the Finance Minister, demanding a probe by Election Commission, alleging that wrist watches with photos of the Finance Minister were being distributed to voters.

In Chennai, Chidambaram said, “Mr Modi is a compulsive liar. There was no re-count in Sivaganga. He knows that. Yet he lies and continues to make this false statement, one of the many false statements made by him. If he insists on calling me Recounting Minister, I can call him Encounter Chief Minister,” he told reporters who sought his reaction on Modi repeatedly calling him “recounting minister”.

The minister was obviously referring to the spate of alleged fake encounters that occurred in Gujarat under Modi rule.

Chidambaram won the 2009 Lok Sabha election from Sivaganga constituency in Tamil Nadu by a margin of about 3,500 votes and the counting process was mired in controversy.

Addressing an election rally in Ramanathapuram, bordering Chidambaram’s native Sivaganga district, Modi accused the senior Congress leader of running away from elections.

After Chidambaram opted out of the April 24 Lok Sabha polls, his son Karti Chidambaram has been given the Sivaganga seat by Congress.

“In Tamil Nadu, there is a Congress leader–recounting Minister– he is so afraid that he ran away from elections,” Modi, who is on a two-day trip to Tamil Nadu to canvass for NDA candidates, said without taking Chidambaram’s name.

“Some people on this dais showed me a watch. It has the recounting minister’s photo and his symbol. I was told that these watches are being given to every household. EC should take it very seriously. There should be a probe against the recounting minister and Congress,” Modi said.

Continuing his tirade against Rahul Gandhi, whom he once again described as ‘Shehzada’, Modi questioned the Congress leader’s notion of poverty, saying he was “born with a golden spoon”.

He said BJP-led NDA in Tamil Nadu had emerged as an”able, reliable front” to DMK and AIADMK, which he alleged were keen only on settling personal scores.

With an eye on the large Muslim population in this coastal district, Modi said Congress Government’s 15-Point Programme that promises employment to Muslim youth among others has not achieved the desired result.

Congress was only trying to ‘hoodwink’ Muslims, he said, adding the Central government could achieve only 56 per cent of its goal between 2006-12 in this regard.

Heaping praise on former President Abdul Kalam, who was born in this town, Modi described him as a “great son of India” and lauded his contribution to space science.

Earier, addressing a rally in Erode, he took a dig at former Union Environment Minister Jayanthi Natarajan and without naming her, said a woman Congress leader from the state was responsible for delaying many infrastructural projects in the country including in Tamil Nadu.

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    Prof.S.Elangovan Patriot
    Apr 17, 2014 at 2:47 pm
    Chidambaram has no guts to stand in election now. But Modi came all the way from Gujarat ot tamil nadu and campaign. Can chidambaram go to gujarat and campaign for congress? Chidambaram's trick will not work in this election and so he to save his face does not compete! Mr. Chidambaram please RECOUNT what happened in the last election when you were defeated in all tv channels but you managed to win and the case about your winning is still pending in the high court.
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      Nikes Here
      Apr 17, 2014 at 3:54 pm
      Poor FM can't contest election out of fear :-) Now he is being creative in his accusation...
      1. Ramakrishna Tumuluri
        Apr 17, 2014 at 4:56 pm
        Chidambaram jee is a recount Minister for sure --Jaya;s party goes further and says his Jaya (WIN) is manited too--Better call him Counter Minister as he wants to counter Modi-jee in all possible ways---As FM/ OR HM he pla the role of COUNTER MANAGEMENT -Heads I win tails you lose type= COUNTING ALWAYS HIS GAINS AND LOSSES. This left the country in a finanancial mess