Congress reacts to Chidambaram’s comments praising Modi

Tamil Nadu Congress Committee president K S Alagiri today said just because senior party leader and former Union Minister P Chidambaram praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Independence Day speech, it does not mean that he will become a BJP supporter.

Speaking to the media, Alagiri said, “Chidambaram is a man of his principles and he values them.”

Chidambaram recently appreciated announcements made by Modi during his Independence Day speech. “All of us must welcome three announcements made by the Prime Minister on I-Day. Small family is a patriotic duty, respect wealth creators and shun single-use plastic,” he said.

Chidambaram added: “Of the three exhortations, I hope the Finance Minister and her legion of tax officials and investigators heard the Prime Minister’s second exhortation loud and clear.”

Last week, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami launched a blistering attack on P Chidambaram, saying the veteran Congress leader was “only a burden” on the earth.

The chief minister was responding to criticism of his party by Chidambaram, who had reportedly said that if the Centre decided to make Tamil Nadu a union territory like it has done in Jammu and Kashmir, the ruling AIADMK would not resist any such move.

Palaniswami said: “There is no need to bother about his speech. For him, self-interest is important than national interest. People have rejected him. He is a burden on the Earth.”