Exclusive: BJP's 'Congress-mukt Bharat' slogan poisoned govt-Opposition ties, says P Chidambaram

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P Chidambaram, senior Congress leader who has held the Union home and finance portfolios, believes a sense of fear has gripped the Indian media, small Opposition parties and even some state governments after the Narendra Modi government came to power in May 2014. "There are immense — and illegal — pressures on individuals. I want to drive home the point that, in a democracy, we must be fearless," he says.

His new book, Fearless in Opposition, a collection of his columns, will be released in New Delhi on Friday. In an exclusive interview with Firstpost, Chidambaram spoke on a range of issues. He stated that NDA-government starting its tenure with the 'Congress-mukt Bharat' slogan damaged the relationship between the government and Opposition badly, which continued thereafter. “That one slogan poisoned the atmosphere.”

Commenting on the ongoing tussle in AIADMK in Tamil Nadu, his home state, the Congress leader also said that the 'people of Tamil Nadu have a right to ask if the leader elected by the AIADMK legislators is fit to be chief minister of the state' in an obvious reference to VK Sasikala, who has engaged in a fierce battle with O Panneerselvam for the chief minister's post.

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