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BJP making mistake of projecting Modi larger than party: Chidambaram

Nov 05 2013, 21:01 IST
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Chidambaram said Modi is propagating the ideology of RSS, which was more dangerous. (PTI) Chidambaram said Modi is propagating the ideology of RSS, which was more dangerous. (PTI)
SummaryChidambaram said Modi is propagating the ideology of RSS, which was more dangerous.

Finance Minister P Chidambaram on Tuesday said BJP is making a mistake by projecting Narendra Modi larger than the party and it would realise this in the near future.

"The BJP has projected a person larger than the party. They would realise their mistake. If not now, in the near future. You cannot project a person who is larger than the party in a parliamentary democracy," he told a television news channel.

"This is not a presidential form of government. It appears to me that all the BJP leaders have reconciled to the fact that country is going to elect the president and all of them will be Secretary to the President. We don't have that form of government...."

Chidambaram said Modi is propagating the ideology of RSS, which in his opinion was more dangerous than that of BJP.

"The RSS is fully behind this projection. So what are being propagated by Modi today, this not BJP's ideology, but RSS's ideology...We consider RSS ideology as a dangerous ideology. It is worse than the BJP ideology," the Finance Minister said.

While BJP is forced to moderate its policies because of pressure of electoral politics, RSS does not enter the election fray and is not accountable to anyone, he said.

"RSS is a quasi secret organisation. So RSS ideology is being projected by the chosen one -- Modi," he said.

Chidambaram mocked at Modi's howlers in the recent times, saying in pursuit of power the Gujarat Chief Minister says whatever comes to his mind.

"Look at the howlers he has said. Look at the kind of things he has said. Starting with his famous statement that he rescued 15,000 Gujaratis in Uttarakhand, down to the last statement that Pandit Jawharlal Nehru did not attend Sardar Patel's funeral. That Chandragupta belonged to the Gupta dynasty and Alexander crossed the Ganga," he said.

The Finance Minister hoped the debate will turn from being personality driven to one between the Congress and the BJP.

Chidambaram said capital inflows are helping the economy. In the past 7-8 weeks, India added USD 9 billion to its foreign exchange reserves.

On the rupee, he said the domestic currency has traded between 61 and 62 to a dollar for several weeks now.

"We think that with more money coming in, the rupee should even go below 61...between 60 and 61 -- that is a good sign," the Finance Minister said.

The rupee ended at 61.62

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