Modi has united BJP, not stronger than Vajpayee, says Chidambaram

New Delhi, News Nation Bureau | Updated : 08 October 2013, 10:26 AM

Finance Minister P Chidambaram targeted BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi and conceded that the Gujarat Chief Minister had "gained some traction among the urban youth", while also managing to unite "the rank and file of BJP".

Following are the highlights of the interview Finance Minister gave to a news agency Reuters:

I concede he (Narendra Modi) has united the rank &file of BJP, leaders are divided but the rank and file have been united: Chidambaram

Gross exaggeration to say that he (Narendra Modi) is sweeping countryside, gross exaggeration to say he will win in every state: Chidambaram

In 2004 no one gave us a chance; people said Mr.Vajpayee will be back in power, don't think Narendra Modi is bigger than Vajpayee: Chidambaram

Vajpayee was sitting PM seeking re-election, his party lost. We had not even named a PM candidate at that time: Chidambaram

Don’t write us off early, we aren't facing a Vajpayee today, facing a Narendra Modi who has a very very checkered track record: Chidambaram

I don't think that Narendra Modi is a stronger candidate than either Vajpayee or Advani: Finance Minister P Chidambaram

Corruption is an issue. But it is an issue in Chhattisgarh, MP, was an issue in Karnataka, is an issue in Gujarat: Chidambaram

We(Congress) haven't joined them(BJP) in debate yet, debate will not take place in Hindi alone: Chidambaram

Debate will happen in Tamil, Telegu, Assamese, will see the difference: Chidambaram

First Published: Tuesday, October 08, 2013 08:58 AM
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