Senior Congress leader and former Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram on Saturday hit back at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for challenging the Congress to make someone outside the Nehru-Gandhi family its president for at least five years. He 'reminded' the latter of the Congress's legacy by listing out the names of its presidents from outside the Nehru-Gandhi family.
Mr. Chidambaram asked the Prime Minister to now speak on the Rafale aircraft deal, unemployment and suicide of farmers during his rule.
Mr. Modi dared the Congress to do so at an election rally in Chhattisgarh on Friday.
In a series of tweets, Mr. Chidambaram listed out names, saying the Congress was proud of the humble origins of its post-Independence leaders such as Babasaheb Ambedkar, Lal Bahadur Shastri, K Kamaraj and Manmohan Singh and many others besides thousands of others during the pre-Independence days.
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“To jog PM Modi’s memory: among the Congress Presidents since 1947 were Acharya Kripalani, Pattabhi Sitaramayya, Purushottamdas Tandon, U N Dhebar, Sanjiva Reddy, Sanjivaiah, Kamaraj, Nijalingappa, C Subramanian, Jagjivan Ram, Shankar Dayal Sharma, D K Barooah, Brahmananda Reddy, P V Narasimha Rao and Sitaram Kesri (sic),” he said.
In a dig at Mr. Modi, Mr. Chidambaram said he was grateful that the Prime Minister was “concerned” at who is elected as Congress president and he devotes a lot of time talking about it.
“Will he spend half the time and speak about demonetisation, GST, Rafale, CBI and the RBI?
“Will PM Modi speak about farmers’ suicides, massive unemployment, lynchings, rape crimes against women and children, anti-Romeo squads, gau rakshak vigilantism and increasing terror attacks?” he asked.