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

Feb 17, 2014, 17:30 IST | Agencies

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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