Veteran Congress leader and former Union Minister P Chidambaram has on Monday - May 30 filed his nomination for the Rajya Sabha seat from Tamil Nadu. He had won the race in the Congress party to grab the one Rajya Sabha seat that was allotted by the ruling DMK. After filing his nomination at the Chief Secretariat for the seat that is confirmed for him, he had unleashed a scathing attack against the centre ruling Modi regime.
While addressing the reporters after filing his nomination, he cited that the BJP is scared of the idealogy of the Congress party. He said, "I don't have anything new to say about the CBI or Enforcement Directorate (ED). We know how Shah Rukh Khan's son's case ended two days ago. Today, Jharkhand Chief Minister has levelled an allegation. Congress Parliamentary Party leader in the Lok Sabha, Adhir Ranjan Chaudhary has written to the Speaker. Ordinary people have come to a conclusion already. You come to a conclusion based on that." He gave this as his reply to a question about his son Karti Chidambaram's statement that he was being targeted to silence his father.
Replying to a question of whether the Central government is scared of him, Chidambaram said, "Am I a Lion or Tiger. I am a human being. I am a Congressman who reflects the Congress party, who writes and airs the ideology of the Congress party firmly and in categorical terms. I don't think they fear me. I should not take pride that they fear me. They fear the ideology of the Congress."
Responding to the BJP's criticisms about Chief Minister MK Stalin raising the demands of the state in the presence of the Prime Minister, Chidambaram said, "Let me state categorically, the criticism is wrong. Tamil Nadu government gave him due respect and reception and organized a grand function. The Prime Minister explained the achievements of his government. That is correct. Chief Minister has explained the fund requirements for the state's projects. That is also correct. Both have spoken correctly. I don't understand the criticism at all."
Reacting to the disappointments that were expressed by a few Congress members over the selection of Rajya Sabha candidate, the former Union minister said, "There are only ten seats we can win. We can give only it to ten candidates. What will you do?". Responding to claims that several Congress leaders were ignored in the Rajya Sabha polls in some states, he said, "How can I comment on that? I am not selecting the candidates. The Congress party selects the candidates. There are a number of qualified candidates. I would be the first to say that there are many more qualified candidates that I across India in the Congress."