Congress says he is a private individual

Updated - October 18, 2016 02:39 pm IST

Published - March 02, 2016 03:10 am IST - NEW DELHI:

Mounting a defence against AIADMK’s attack in Parliament on Karti Chidambaram, son of former Finance Minister P Chidambaram, the Congress on Tuesday accused the BJP government of planting news to divert peoples’ attention from the unrest at Jawaharlal Nehru University and the political repercussions it’s facing after Rohith Vemula’s suicide.

“A jittery Modi government is using the modus operandi of news plants to divert Parliament's attention from its now exposed anti-Dalit/anti-student policies,” said Congress party’s chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala.

“The attempt is obviously to distract attention from HRD Minister Smriti Irani misleading Parliament and the disappointing Budget which is inflationary.”

Mr. Karti came under fire from AIADMK and the BJP over a newspaper article accusing him of having disproportionate real estate investments worldwide. Mr. Surjewala said Mr. Karti is a “private individual” and should not be targeted to score political points against his father, P.Chidambaram.

Mr.Surjewala also said if Karti is found guilty of any irregularity, the Union government or the AIADMK government in his home State Tamil Nadu should feel free to take action against him.

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