STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

BJP Demands Chidambaram's Apology for Remark on Modi

Published: 01st December 2013 06:39 PM  |   Last Updated: 01st December 2013 06:39 PM   |  A+A-

By PTI

BJP today termed as "wrong and hasty" Finance Minister P Chidambaram's statement that Narendra Modi was giving lessons in economy and sought an apology from him.     

The controversy erupted when Chidambaram said Modi had quoted him wrongly as having claimed that buying gold leads to inflation. The Finance Minister issued a statement denying having said so and took a dig at Modi, saying he is giving "first lessons in economy".            

A leading newspaper today said it had incorrectly quoted Modi. He had not mentioned inflation and only said the country was facing an economic crisis.          

"In his hasty statement, unbecoming of a union minister, he (Chidambaram) betrays his party's incapacity and frustration to politically engage with Modi," BJP spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman said in a statement.         

BJP demanded that Chidambaram issue an apology.            

 "Through his hurried statement, typically worded with pompousness and put-on sarcasm, Chidambaram has only rushed to cover up his failures to manage the economy. The minister has failed to check what was actually said by Modi.

Had he checked the speech, Chidambaram would have known that 'aarthik sankat' were the exact words used and not inflation," Sitharaman said.          

She took potshots at Chidambaram, saying while the Finance Minister was interested in delivering "lectures and lessons," Modi is busy providing good governance and development to people in Gujarat.            

"All 'economists' are already taking due 'note' of Modi's performance vis-a-vis the worsening current account deficit (CAD) for which he (Chidambaram) and his party are solely responsible," Sitharaman said.



Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp