In a point-by-point rebuttal of Modi's remarks, former finance minister P Chidambaram asked a number of questions citing comparative figures of cash balance, foreign exchange reserves and outstanding liabilities of the central government and asked what the Prime Minister meant when he said there is nothing left behind.
"The opening cash balance on June 1, 2004 just after NDA government demitted office was negative Rs 2730 crore. On the other hand, the opening cash balance on June 1, 2014 just after UPA demitted office was Rs 26,510 crore. We do not subscribe to the empty coffers theory but for the sake of argument, we would like to ask who left behind an empty treasury," he said. 
Conceding that inflation was "one of the reasons" for Congress' debacle in Lok Sabha polls, he also said the new dispensation will also soon learn that not all factors are under the control of any government.
"Every government has faced inflation. Not every factor is under the control of the government. If fuel prices go up, inflation will happen....Government has announced some sets of measures. We had also announced similar sets of measures.
"...Let me caution not all factors are within the control of the government, yet government should take all measures to bring down inflation," Chidambaram said.

Taking strong objection to the Prime Minister's remarks, he said "we would have ignored the remarks as part of the political rhetoric that started during the election campaign. However, similar remarks have been made by others as well".
"...We would be happy if BJP/NDA comes out of campaign mode and gets on with the business of governing the country", Chidambaram said.
Replying to questions, he said "we will play the role of a resolute, determined and responsible opposition. ...Our party will be a responsible and formidable Opposition."

Hindi issue: Backlash expected in non-Hindi states, says Chidambaram
The Congress advised caution to the government in its decision seeking to promote official language Hindi in the social media, saying there will be will be a backlash in non-Hindi states especially Tamil Nadu.
"There will be will be a backlash in non-Hindi states especially Tamil Nadu. Government would be well-advised to proceed with caution," P Chidambaram, former Union Minister and senior party leader from Tamil Nadu, said at the AICC briefing.
The BJP has sought to defend the government's move to promote Hindi, saying it seeks to bind the nation together and should not be construed as an "insult" to English.


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