Launching a stinging attack on Bharatiya Janata Party’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram on Thursday called the Gujarat Chief Minister a ‘compulsive liar’.
Commenting on the “recounting minister” description given by Modi in reference to him, Chidambaram said: “Mr. Modi is a compulsive liar. There was no re-count in Sivaganga. He knows that. Yet he lies….If he insists on calling me ‘Recounting Minister’, I can call him ‘Encounter Chief Minister’,” he told.
The minister was obviously referring to the spate of alleged fake encounters that occurred in Gujarat under Modi rule.
Addressing a rally in Chennai earlier this year, the Gujarat CM, in an apparent reference to Chidambaram’s 2009 victory in Lok Sabha polls from Sivaganga after a recounting of votes, said: “UPA government has a recounting minister. He lost (the election) but won in recounting. He is from Tamil Nadu. He thinks he was the first in the queue when God was distributing knowledge.”