Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram Thursday hit out at Narendra Modi, calling him a “compulsive liar” and an “encounter chief minister”. Modi, who has been referring to Chidambaram as “recounting minister” in his election rallies, also sharpened his attack on the finance minister, demanding a probe by the Election Commission into allegations that wrist watches with Chidambaram’s photos 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’.” The minister was referring to alleged fake encounters that occurred in Gujarat under Modi’s rule.
Chidambaram won the 2009 Lok Sabha polls from Sivaganga by a margin of 3,500 votes but the counting was mired in controversy.
Addressing an election rally in Ramanathapuram, bordering Chidambaram’s native Sivaganga district, Modi accused the Congress leader of running away from elections. Since Chidambaram opted out of the Lok Sabha polls, his son Karti Chidambaram has been given the ticket to contest from Sivaganga by Congress.