Chidambaram scared of facing voters, says BJP

Chidambaram scared of facing voters, says BJP

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday said Finance Minister P Chidambaram was “running away” from the battle of ballots as he knew his defeat was “certain”.

The Union minister had decided not to contest the Lok Sabha election and the Congress nominated his son Karti from Shivaganga seat on Thursday.

“The (person) who served as the finance minister for seven out of 10 years is not even contesting. He is running away from the contest. He is not willing to face the voting public to give answers as to what his achievements were,” BJP spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman said.

“It is symbolic that the finance minister, who remained so for the major part of (UPA’s) term of 10 years, is not even available for answers. They have no will to fight, they have actually conceded defeat,” Sitharaman charged.

Senior BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad also hit out at Chidambaram saying, “The biggest spokesperson of the UPA’s economic policy is running away because he knows that defeat is certain.”

Many leaders in “other parties” were scared of the BJP’s “grand alliance” in Tamil Nadu, the BJP claimed.

The opposition party also attacked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Deputy Chairman of Planning Commission Montek Singh Ahluwalia, saying the Congress projected these two along with Chidambaram as “dream team of economists” but the trio left the economy in “doldrums”.

“Those who criticised NDA’s ‘India Shining’ campaign used to say that a dream team of economists will bring in a beautiful, inclusive India. This very dream team has left the economy in doldrums,” she said. Chidambaram has been representing Shivaganga seat for 25 years since 1984 except between 1999 and 2004.

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