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‘Not worried about going solo in TN’

Finance Minister P Chidambaram said he was not unduly worried about not being part of a coalition.

Chennai | Published: March 16, 2014 1:37:07 am

Putting up a brave front ahead of a tough Lok Sabha election which the Congress is going to face without an ally in Tamil Nadu, Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram said he was not unduly worried about not being part of a coalition.

Speaking at a public meeting in Chennai on Saturday night, Chidambaram said though the party was waging a lone battle here and he was more concerned about Tamil Nadu than Congress. His comments came at a time when senior leaders are refusing to contest election, as the party is facing strong anti-incumbency without a regional ally to bank on, as has been the case for decades.

The Congress-led government at the Centre has put up commendable performance over the last 10 years, he claimed, citing figures, including 9 per cent GDP growth and schemes such as MNREGA.

The Congress’s biggest drawback was its failure to popularise its contributions, he said, also charging the media of ignoring its achievements over the years.

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