Recounting Jibe Another Fake Encounter: PC
Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram on Sunday hit back at Narendra Modi for calling him “recounting minister” at a public meeting here on Saturday and said that the BJP prime ministerial candidate has once again staged a “fake encounter” with facts.
The reference to “fake encounter” is seen as a jibe on accusations of fake encounter killings in Gujarat that have evoked strong criticism in the past from various quarters. Some of these cases have also reached the doorsteps of courts. On Saturday, pointing to the controversy surrounding the election of Chidambaram
from the Sivaganga constituency in 2009, Modi, at the rally held in Vandalur, dubbed the finance minister as “recounting minister”. “UPA government has a Recounting Minister. He lost (the election) but won in recounting. He is from Tamil Nadu. He thinks he was the first in the queue when God was distributing knowledge,” Modi had said without naming Chidambaram.
A day later, Chidambaram shot back stating that in 2009, the votes were counted only once for the Sivaganga constituency. “There was no recount. In fact, the complaint of the defeated candidate is that his belated request to recount was rejected by the Returning Officer,” he said in a statement released here.
Charging that the Gujarat chief minister has chosen to distort facts, Chidambaram said he was sure that Modi will stage “many more fake encounters with facts and entertain the people”.
The minister plans to issue a detailed statement on Monday with facts and figures on Modi’s criticism about him on the handling of the economy and the current situation. Modi had, on Saturday, blamed Chidambaram and the prime minister for high unemployment, fiscal debt and low growth.