BJP slams Chidambaram over DA charges; calls it ‘Nawaz Sharif moment’ for Congress

New Delhi: In a scathing attack on former Finance Minister P Chidambaram, the BJP on Sunday called the filling of criminal cases against him and his family as a “Nawaz Sharif moment” for the Congress party.
In a series of tweets BJP chief Amit Shah said: “Under the Black Money Act, 4 chargesheets have been filed against P Chidambaram and his family for possessing and operating several illegal assets and accounts in foreign countries. IT estimates illegal assets held by UPA’s FM to be to the tune of 3 billion dollars!”
“This explains why despite Supreme Court’s orders Sonia Gandhi, former PM Dr Manmohan Singh & then FM P Chidambaram dragged their feet on formation of SIT, one of the first decisions taken by Modi govt, to fight Black Money! How could they indict their own selves?”
Earlier in the day, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman called the cases a “Nawaz Sharif moment” for the Congress.
The Income Tax Department had filed four criminal complaints against the former UPA minister and members of his family before a special court in Chennai and his family members.
Accusing the Congress of not taking any action against Chidambaram for allegedly failing to disclose foreign assets, Sitharaman said the alleged financial discrepancies could not be an overlooked by the party and demanded to know how the former finance minister forgot to reveal details of his family’s foreign investments.
She also asked whether Congress president Rahul Gandhi would investigate the matter. “Congress president Rahul Gandhi, who is himself out on bail should come out and tell us if he is going to investigate this case involving one of his leaders,” Sitharaman said.
Chidambaram hits back
Meanwhile, P Chidambaram hit back at Sitharaman on Sunday with a tongue-in-cheek tweet, saying that there was a buzz she would be removed from the Cabinet and appointed a lawyer of the Income Tax Department.
Chidambaram’s dig on Twitter came soon after the Defence Minister’s remarks.
The Congress leader reminded the ruling BJP of its failure to bring back black money from abroad and deposit Rs 15 lakh in every Indian’s bank account, as promised by it before the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.
“The buzz in Delhi is that Ms Nirmala Sitharaman will be removed as Defence Minister and appointed as lawyer of the Income-tax department. Welcome to the bar, Ms Sitharaman,” he tweeted.
“The president of the richest political party in India is dreaming of billions of dollars! Bring the money back and put Rs 15 lakhs in the account of every Indian as you promised,” he tweeted, without naming BJP president Amit Shah.