Union finance minister P Chidambaram on Monday said his mother and Harvard University have taught him the values of hard work.
Chidambaram, presenting the interim budget for the year 2014-15, was trying to answer BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi's jibe at him recently.
Addressing a public rally near here, Modi mocked the Harvard University educated Chidambaram as "recounting minister" and said the nation could be led by hard work and not by Harvard degrees.
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The "recounting minister" jibe was a reference to Chidambaram's victory from the Sivaganga constituency in the 2009 general elections after a recount of votes.