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Chidambaram hits back at Narendra Modi; says mother, Harvard taught him values of hard work

Making a veiled attack on Narendra Modi for his 'hard work' comment, Union Finance Minister P. Chidambaram said his mother and Harvard University taught him the values of hard work

New Delhi: "My mother and Harvard taught me the value of hard work". This is what Finance Minister P Chidambaram said today to hit back at Gujarat Chief Narendra Modi who had taken a dig at him a few days back by saying that high growth rate in Gujarat was because of his hard work and not education in Harvard University. 

Chidambaram, while presenting the Vote-on-Account in the Lok Sabha, highlighted that the country had seen high growth rate during the UPA rule of 10 years -- 8.4 per cent during UPA-I and 6.6 per cent during UPA-II.

"...all this is the result of hard work. I may add, among other mentors, my mother and Harvard taught me the value of hard work," he said.

Though he did not name Modi, Chidambaram was clearly responding to the jibe of the BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate.

Finance Minister P. Chidambaram. File pic

Chidambaram, while presenting the Vote-on-Account in the Lok Sabha, highlighted that the country had seen high growth rate during the UPA rule of 10 years -- 8.4 per cent during UPA-I and 6.6 per cent during UPA-II.

"...all this is the result of hard work. I may add, among other mentors, my mother and Harvard taught me the value of hard work," he said.

Though he did not name Modi, Chidambaram was clearly responding to the jibe of the BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate.

Addressing a public rally near here, Modi mocked the Harvard University educated Chidambaram as "recounting minister" and said the nation could be led by hard work and not by Harvard degrees.

The "recounting minister" jibe was a reference to Chidambaram's victory from the Sivaganga constituency in the 2009 general elections after a recount of votes.

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3 Comments

  • SONIA18-Feb-2014

    PC is right. Harvard University did teach him to work very hard – at implementing in India by March 31, 2014, George Orwell’s ‘terrifying vision of a totalitarian future in which everything and everyone is slave to a tyrannical regime’ (quote from the back cover of ‘1984’). PC had a shoe thrown at him for shielding mass murderers from the Italian National Congress (as someone recently called INC). Did PC deserve that? Does the shoe-thrower deserve to be given a Lok Sabha seat?

  • Satish Chandra18-Feb-2014

    Narendra Modi should be whipped and hanged for giving a bouquet of roses to an American diplomat in exchange for a strip search and cavity search of an Indian diplomat. P. Chidambaram should be whipped and hanged for speaking positively about Harvard University where the world’s greatest scientist and greatest Indian of all time was publicly tortured for being an Indian. The Italian woman and son should be whipped and hanged for participating in crimes against him with the help of the CIA’s 24-

  • Concerned Indian18-Feb-2014

    Most of the CFO and CEO of the Bankrupt Companies are Harvard Educated.

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