Published: Fri, December 06, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Govt can not suppress my voice in Parliament, says Chidambaram

Govt can not suppress my voice in Parliament, says Chidambaram

"And those who knew, they threw them out", the Congress leader said, adding the former RBI governors Raghuram Rajan and Urjit Patel, and former chief economic adviser Arvind Subramanian were all shown the door by the Modi government. The government is wrong. "The finance minister said yesterday that she doesn't eat onions, so what does she eat?"

"The economy can be brought out of the slowdown, but this government is incapable of doing that", he said.

Taking a jibe at Chidambaram, BJP leader Sambit Patra said the Congress leader "has joined an elite "OOBC" (out-on-bail-club)". He claimed that the government was unable to look for the "obvious clues because it is stubborn and mulish in defending its catastrophic mistakes like demonetisation, flawed GST, tax terrorism, regulatory overkill, protectionism, and centralized control of decision-making in the prime minister's office".

"After 106 days of pre-trial incarceration, not a single charge has been framed against me", he told reporters outside the prison where hundreds of Congress supporters and party leaders were present.

After spending 106 days incarcerated, former finance minister P. Chidambaram on Wednesday walked out of Tihar Jail after the Supreme Court granted him bail in the INX Media money-laundering case.

Flagging a decline in rural consumption, rural wages, production cost for farmers and FMCG, Chidambaram highlighted how the problem of the economy is "structural".

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He also said that there was no demand in the market because people have less money and they were also not confident about their future.

The CBI had registered an FIR on May 15, 2017, alleging irregularities in the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearance granted to INX Media for foreign funds of Rs.305 crore during Congress leader P Chidambaram's tenure as Finance Minister. Besides his son, hundreds of Congress activists welcomed the former Finance Minister and raised slogans in his favour.

We have never been vindictive, on the other hand when Chidambaram ji was Home Minister during Congress rule, he filed false cases against me, he also filed false cases against Modi ji & Amit Shah ji. "Media also gripped with fear". "Please shed fear, please speak truth to power", he said. "Let the law take its own course", he said.

He began his press conference with a reference to Kashmir.

"As I stepped out and breathed the air of freedom at 8 pm last night, my first thought and prayers were for the 75 lakh people of the Kashmir Valley who have been denied their basic freedoms since August 4, 2019", he said. He did, however, say that his stay in jail had "strengthened his neck, back and spine".

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