Former finance minister P Chidambaram said PM Narendra Modi has emerged as the “most dominant political figure” after the assembly polls, while seeking to differ that the election results are a referendum on note ban.
The results will increase the BJP’s tally in the Upper House and a majority there will make it possible for the NDA government to start radical reforms during its remaining term to accelerate the economic growth, the Congress leader said.
“The elections today have clearly established that the most dominant political figure in India is Prime Minister Modi. And he has a pan-India appeal,” Chidambaram told a gathering at Indian Merchants Chamber in Mumbai.
Chidambaram said it would be a “simplistic conclusion” to attribute the note ban to the runaway BJP win in UP. A variety of other factors were at play during the polls and it was not a “referendum” on the surprise move to ban the high value notes, he said.