The minister chided Modi for preparing to contest from two seats including Varanasi and remarked "may be they have paucity of candidates".
Taking a jibe at BJP for the hype it built around Modi, Chidambaram in a tone tinged with sarcasm said "nobody knows Modi in Tamil Nadu. No one fears Modi". Chidambaram also hit out at Arun Jaitley for his statement that senior Congress leaders were shying away from contest".
"Arun Jaitley is fighting the election for the first time at the age of 62. I have been contesting for 30 years", Chidambaram said while speaking to reporters after addressing an election rally. Chidambaram has won the Sivaganga constituency for seven terms.
On being asked if his party has been sidelined in Tamil Nadu, where it could not find any ally to fight the April 24 Lok Sabha election, he shot back "no national party has aligned with DMK. Dravidian parties cannot represent Tamil Nadu at the national level".
He said DMK has been "ostracised" in Tamil Nadu, in an apparent reference to the M Karunanidhi-led party not been able to strike poll pact with national parties.


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