New Delhi: Former finance minister P Chidambaram on Saturday hit back at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for targeting the Congress, and listed out names of party presidents from outside the Nehru-Gandhi family. The attack came a day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while addressing a rally in poll-bound Chhattisgarh, dared the grand old party to appoint someone from outside the Gandhi family as its chief. Also Read - 'Was Needed to Keep India Safe,' PM Defends Lockdown; Apologises For Inconvenience to People
Reminding him of the party’s legacy, in a series of tweets, Chidambaram listed out the names and said the Congress was proud of the humble origins of its post-Independence leaders like Babasaheb Ambedkar, Lal Bahadur Shastri, K Kamaraj and Manmohan Singh and many others besides thousands others during pre-Independence days. Also Read - PM Modi Thanks Akshay Kumar For Donating Rs 25 Crore to Fight Against Coronavirus
“To jog PM Modi’s memory: among the Congress Presidents since 1947 were Acharya Kripalani, Pattabhi Sitaramayya, Purushottamdas Tandon, U N Dhebar, Sanjiva Reddy, Sanjivaiah, Kamaraj, Nijalingappa, C Subramanian, Jagjivan Ram, Shankar Dayal Sharma, D K Barooah, Brahmananda Reddy, P V Narasimha Rao and Sitaram Kesri (sic),” he said. Also Read - Mann ki Baat: I Know You Would Forgive me, PM Modi Apologises For Lockdown
Strengthening the attack on PM Modi, Chidambaram said he was grateful that the Prime Minister was ‘concerned’ about who is elected as Congress president and he devotes a lot of time talking about it.
The Congress leader also asked the Prime Minister to now speak on the Rafale aircraft deal, unemployment and suicide of farmers during his rule. “Will he spend half the time and speak about demonetisation, GST, Rafale, CBI and the RBI? Will PM Modi speak about farmers’ suicides, massive unemployment, lynchings, rape crimes against women and children, anti-Romeo squads, gau rakshak vigilantism and increasing terror attacks?” he said.
In an election rally in Chhattisgarh on Friday, the PM had asked the Congress to make a Congressman, from outside the Nehru-Gandhi family, president of the party for five years. At the rally in Ambikapur, PM Modi had also attacked Congress president Rahul Gandhi and asked him to give an account on the contributions of the four generations of the Nehru-Gandhi family to the nation.