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Priyanka, Rahul meet Chidambaram at Tihar

Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi and party general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra visit the Tihar jail to meet former Union Finance Minister P. Chidambaram in New Delhi on November 27, 2019.

Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi and party general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra visit the Tihar jail to meet former Union Finance Minister P. Chidambaram in New Delhi on November 27, 2019.   | Photo Credit: PTI

Visit makes it clear party is with him, says Karti Chidambaram.

Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi and party general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Wednesday met Congress leader P. Chidambaram, who is in judicial custody in Tihar jail in connection with alleged corruption cases for over three months. The Gandhi siblings met Mr. Chidambaram on the day the Supreme Court started hearing on his bail application. He was first arrested by the CBI on August 21 in connection with the INX Media corruption case. He was given bail by the SC on October 22, six days after he was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate in the money-laundering case on October 16. “It has been 99 days today. It’s rather unfair that one needs to be kept in custody for 99 days only as a remand.He is not even an undertrial but on remand. The system is unfair.. I hope we will get justice in the SC and he will be back home soon,” said Karti Chidambaram, who was also present during the meeting that lasted for close to 50 minutesKarti Chidambaram, who was also present, said the visit had made it clear that the Congress party was with him.

“We are particularly pleased that both Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra came and met him. This sends a very powerful signal that the party is completely with my father in this exercise where he is facing the onslaught and wrath of the state in a pure political vendetta case,” he said.

Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and party president Sonia Gandhi had also met Mr. Chidambaram at the jail in September. On Monday, senior leaders Shashi Tharoor and Manish Tewari met him. The party ‘fully’ stood behind him and would fight the case politically, Ms. Gandhi was quoted as having said during the meeting.

On Wednesday, after Special judge Ajay Kumar Kuhar extended his judicial custody till December 11 in the INX Media money-laundering case filed by the ED, he spoke to reporters on the way to jail. 

He attacked the BJP over the manner in which Devendra Fadnavis was sworn in as Maharashtra Chief Minister. 

“That is the way they celebrate Constitution Day. That is the honour they show to the Constitution. The Governor, the Prime Minister and the President are all responsible for the midnight affair,” the 74-year-old senior Congress leader said. He said it was sad the President was involved. “I am deeply sad that the President was woken up at 4 in the morning.”

In a series of tweets, Mr. Chidambaram also spoke about the state of economy hoping that it would reflect in the way Jharkhand would vote. “Brace yourself for bad news on the economy. After 5% GDP growth in the final quarter, the growth rate in the second quarter is likely to be less than 4.7%,” he said.

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