"He knows that he does not possess the courage to contest elections. He is the Finance Minister of the most corrupt government in the history of India,” BJP leader Smriti Irani, who is contesting from Amethi, said.

“He does not have courage to go to the people and ask for support,” she added.

Earlier on Thursday, Chidambaram described Modi a ‘compulsive liar’ and an ‘encounter Chief Minister’.

“Modi is a compulsive liar.  There was no re-count in Sivaganga.  He knows that.  Yet he lies....If he insists on calling me Recounting Minister, I can call him encounter Chief Minister," he said while referring to the spate of alleged fake encounters that occurred in Gujarat under Modi’s rule.

Chidambaram won the 2009 Lok Sabha elections from Sivaganga constituency in Tamil Nadu by a margin of about 3,500 votes and the counting process was mired in controversy.


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