Union Finance Minister P. Chidambaram has hit back at the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate, Narendra Modi, for his “recount” dig at him, saying the Gujarat Chief Minister had once again staged a “fake encounter” with facts and there had never been a recount during the 2009 Lok Sabha elections in his constituency.

In a statement here on Sunday, he said Mr. Modi again staged a “fake encounter” with facts at his public meeting near Chennai on Saturday, when he referred to him as “recount minister.” “The fact is that in the 2009 election from the Sivaganga 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 a recount was rejected by the Returning Officer,” he said.

“Everybody [except Mr. Modi] knows this fact. I am sure he will stage more fake encounters with facts and entertain people,” Mr. Chidambaram said.

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