CHENNAI: Messing around with Khushbu will have consequences. And Karti Chidambaram learnt this the hard way. Hours after he called her “just one of the 60 party spokespersons” and said the Congress “does not rely on actors”, she lit into him and fired back.
Reacting to Karti’s comments made during a TV interview, Khushbu said with a smile, “Yes, the Congress is not dependent on actors like me. But Karti should understand that the party does not depend on PC or his son Karti as well. Each one of us is relying on the Congress.”
Following this, she faced flak from several of EVKS Elangovan’s detractors.
Karti’s comments were the latest against the actor, who has been maintaining silence so far.
Elangovan rushed to Khushbu’s defence saying, “Since Karti does not stay in Tamil Nadu for more than a day or two and is always abroad for his business trips, he may not be aware of what is happening in Tamil Nadu.” “I don’t take Karti’s comments seriously,” he added.
However, this is the first direct attack on former Union minister and senior party leader Chidambaram by a new entrant.
So far, even Elangovan and another former Union minister G K Vasan, who have had differences with Chidambaram, have not commented on him openly.
Khushbu is facing the ire of Elangovan’s detractors ever since she joined the Congress. Karti, speaking at a meeting of his supporters about six months ago, said the Congress is following the cinema culture of Dravidian parties, instead of focusing on individuals who could provide economic development.
But Elangovan has ignored the comments and growing opposition to project Khushbu as a prominent face.
The comments came even as sources said the party may opt to create parallel power centres in the TNCC against Elangovan.