“Chidambaram is running away from contest. He is not willing to answer to the people,” BJP spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman said.

Chidambaram has opted out of the Lok Sabha elections as the Congress on Thursday night nominated his son Karti from Sivaganga constituency in Tamil Nadu.

Soon after the announcement, Karti said, “My father has contested nine elections and thought it is time to give way. He is definitely not retiring from politics.”

Chidambaram is the third senior Congressman from Tamil Nadu to opt out of contesting the Lok Sabha elections this year. Union Shipping Minster GK Vasan and former minister KV Thangkabalu had earlier said they would not contest.

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The names of Union Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad, who will be contesting from Udhampur in Jammu and Kashmir, and Karti figure in the list of 50 Congress Lok Sabha candidates announced on Thursday.

With Thursday’s fourth list of 50 candidates, the total number of candidates declared by Congress so far is 364.


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