Finance Minister P Chidambaram on Thursday hit back at BJP’s prime ministerial candidate, Narendra Modi, calling him a “compulsive liar” and an “encounter Chief Minister“.

“Mr Modi is a compulsive liar. There was no re-count in Sivaganga. He knows that. Yet he lies....If he insists on calling me Recounting Minister, I can call him Encounter Chief Minister,” he told reporters who sought his reaction on Mr. Modi repeatedly calling him “recounting minister”.

Mr. Chidambaram was obviously referring to the spate of alleged fake encounters that occurred in Gujarat under Mr. Modi rule.

Mr. Chidambaram won the 2009 Lok Sabha election from Sivaganga constituency in Tamil Nadu by a margin of about 3,500 votes and the counting process was mired in controversy.

Since then, Mr. Modi has been referring to Mr. Chidamabaram as “recounting minister” in his election rallies.

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