Narendra Modi has a majoritarian, authoritarian attitude: P. Chidambaram

Jan 21 2014, 13:15 IST
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I don’t think you can compare the September 2008 crisis with the Trinamool Congress opposing FDI in retail, says P. Chidambaram. I don’t think you can compare the September 2008 crisis with the Trinamool Congress opposing FDI in retail, says P. Chidambaram.
SummaryP. Chidambaram discusses growth targets, Congress attitudes to media and AAP and Narendra Modi.

and the exchange rate stabilised? We have added significantly to the foreign exchange reserves and we have shown determination in containing the fiscal deficit and the current account deficit. So in the last 17 months, we have shown the will to fight.

But the twin deficits did affect investor sentiment.

But there are at least 50 countries that have worse deficit ratios. Why doesn’t anybody talk about their downgrade? I maintain there was no justification at any time to talk about or hint at a downgrade for India.

Hasn’t the country lost significant time because of poor decision making, including in the Ministry of Environment and Forests, in the last couple of years?

There was a problem in the Ministry of Environment and Forests. But I think that problem has been fixed now.

The prime minister has said Narendra Modi was a disaster for India. Do you agree with this view?

I think what he meant was a BJP government headed by Shri Narendra Modi will be a very poor choice for the next government. And I agree with him. A BJP government headed by Shri Narendra Modi would most likely combine Luddite economics and majoritarian politics. That will be a disastrous combination for India.

But then the Congress’s support without any conditions to the Aam Admi Party in Delhi has also resulted in a confrontational government. How do you justify that?

That is a decision taken by the local unit of the Congress party in Delhi. I think opinion was divided within the Congress whether the party should offer outside support to the AAP or not. Whether it was a right decision or otherwise, time will say. But let me reiterate, opinion was divided within the party.

Do you think it was a wrong decision?

I think it was an unnecessary decision. No decision was called for. We had eight seats and [were] reduced to third place. We were neither voted to form the government nor voted to be the principal opposition party. So we should have just kept quiet. But that is my view. The view that prevailed was we would extend outside support. That’s the local party’s decision.

Arvind Kejriwal now says the Congress will regret supporting the AAP. He is opening CWG files and those related to corruption charges against ministers and bureaucrats.

Arvind Kejriwal has made hundreds of allegations against hundreds of people. If the Delhi government has material to take action against anyone — politician or

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