New Delhi, May 13: Hours after Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman attacked P Chidambaram over disproportionate assets case and likened it to the ‘Nawaz Sharif moment’ for the Congress party, the former Union Minister took a dig at her saying that there was a buzz she would be removed from the cabinet and appointed a lawyer of the Income Tax Department. Notably, the Defence Minister was referring to the Pakistan Supreme Court’s decision disqualifying its former prime minister from holding office because of non-disclosure of assets and income earned abroad.
Taking to micro-blogging site Twitter, the former Finance Minister said,”The buzz in Delhi is that Ms Nirmala Sitharaman will be removed as Defence Minister and appointed as lawyer of the Income-tax department. Welcome to the bar, Ms Sitharaman.”
Chidambaram also reminded the ruling BJP of its failure to bring back black money from abroad and deposit Rs 15 lakh in every Indian’s bank account, as promised by it before the 2014 Lok Sabha election.
“The president of the richest political party in India is dreaming of billions of dollars! Bring the money back and put Rs 15 lakhs in the account of every Indian as you promised,” he tweeted, without naming BJP chief Amit Shah.
Earlier in the day, while addressing a press conference, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had said , “For some time now we have been hearing a lot of action by the I-T authorities against former finance minister P Chidambaram and his family. In India, for the Congress Party, this is the Nawaz Sharif moment.”
Defence minister’s comment came after Income-Tax (I-T) department had informed a special court in Chennai that former Union minister P Chidambaram’s wife Nalini, son Karti and daughter-in-law Srinidhi didn’t disclose their foreign assets and investments while filing their I-T returns.