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Chidambaram hits back at Modi over his 'recounting minister' taunt

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Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram on Monday hit back at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for apparently calling him "recounting minister", insisting that there was no re-count of votes in the 2009 Lok Sabha polls as was being said.

P Chidambaram wondered "how many times can people in high places peddle a lie".

"In the 2009 elections, in Sivaganga constituency, there was only one count and no re-count. A simple check with the Returning Officer would have confirmed that there was no re-count. How many times can people in high places peddle a lie?" Mr Chidambaram said in a tweet.

Citing his government's step of offering tax exemption for those with income of up to Rs 5 lakh, PM Modi had said that it was a reflection of genuine concern for the middle class, unlike the previous UPA regime.