Responding to PM Modi’s taunt where he called the Congress leader a “recounting minister’ of the UPA regime on Sunday, Chidambaram took to Twitter and said that there was only one count in Sivaganga constituency in 2009 and no re-count.
“In the 2009 elections, in Sivaganga constituency, there was only one count and no re-count. A simple check with the Returning Officer would have confirmed that there was no re-count. How many times can people in high places peddle a lie?” he wrote.
In the 2009 elections, in Sivaganga constituency, there was only one count and no re-count. A simple check with t… https://t.co/rd0PXjOEnJ
— P. Chidambaram (@PChidambaram_IN) 1549864350000
Citing his government’s step of offering tax exemption for those with incomes upto Rs five lakh, the PM told a public rally in Tirupur that it was a reflection of genuine concern for the middle class, unlike the previous UPA regime. After referring to this step, Modi said he wanted to recall the state of affairs during the UPA regime.
“There was a very wise minister from Tamil Nadu,” he said and told the audience, “you know whom I am talking about.” When the people responded loudly, he said, “right, the recounting minister,” without directly naming the former Union minister.
Chidambaram, now a Rajya Sabha MP, won the 2009 Lok Sabha election from Sivaganga constituency in Tamil Nadu by a slender margin of 3,354 votes after a see-saw battle.
Confusion had prevailed then as election officials delayed the declaration of the result due to a dispute in the counting of votes in respect of the final round.
Chidambaram, then Home Minister, was declared elected later after the votes were tallied again vis-a-vis the final round.
(With agency inputs)