Finance minister P Chidambaram on Sunday hit back at Narendra Modi for his “recount” dig at him, saying the Gujarat chief minister has once again staged a "fake encounter" with facts on the issue and that there was never a recount in the 2009 Lok Sabha election in his constituency in Sivganga.
Modi on Saturday launched a blistering attack Chidambaram, who had questioned his knowledge of economy, saying under his stewardship, the country's economy had plunged to new depths.
Taunting him repeatedly as a "recount minister"(claiming the FM won in 2009 polls after a recount of votes), the BJP's prime ministerial nominee said India under him and noted economist Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has registered high unemployment, fiscal debt and low growth.
"The fact is that in the 2009 election from Sivaganga parliamentary constituency the votes were counted only once. There was no recount. In fact, the complaint of the defeated candidate is that his belated request for recount was rejected by the returning officer.
"Everybody (except Mr Modi) knows this fact. I am sure he will stage more fake encounters with facts and entertain people," Chidambaram said.
His repeated reference to "fake encounter" is an apparent taunt at the various alleged fake encounters in Gujarat in Modi's tenure to eliminate suspected terrorists and the controversies that stemmed from there.
Chidambaram plans to issue a detailed statement on Monday with facts and figures on Modi's criticism about him on the handling of the economy and the current situation.