Veteran Congress leader and former Union Finance and Home Minister P Chidambaram has hit back at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for apparently calling him "recounting minister". Chidambaram claimed that there was no re-count of votes in the 2009 Lok Sabha polls as was being said. He wondered "how many times can people in high places peddle a lie." He said this a day after Modi taunted him as "recounting minister" of the UPA regime, during his public meeting at Tirupur on Sunday.
Hitting out at Chidambaram on Sunday, Modi said in Tirupur, "There was a very wise Minister from Tamil Nadu. You know who I am talking about? The Recounting Minister. The man who thinks all the knowledge in the world is there only in his brain. In his typical arrogance, he said, why is the middle class so worried about price rise? They buy such expensive ice cream and mineral water. Mr Recounting Minister, middle class does not need the taunts by you and the Congress. They have rejected you and will continue to do so." He said the Congress ignored the nation's security during its tenure and alleged it was associated with several scams in the defence sector.