Former finance minister P Chidambaram, who had launched a scathing attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi about the abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir is now at the receiving end of criticism as Tamil Nadu chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami has calling him a burden on the planet.
Salem: Tamil Nadu chief minister K Palaniswami on Tuesday launched a blistering attack on P Chidambaram, saying the veteran Congress leader was "only a burden" on the earth.
The chief minister was responding to criticism of his party by Chidambaram who had reportedly said that if the Centre decided to make Tamil Nadu a union territory like it has done in Jammu and Kashmir, the ruling AIADMK would not resist any such move.
Palaniswami said despite being a Central minister for long, Chidambaram had not addressed issues concerning the state including the Cauvery river water dispute.
"What schemes had he brought? How long was he the Union Minister? What is the use to the country... Chidambaram is only a burden on the earth," the chief minister said.
On Sunday, P Chidambaram lambasted the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for the abrogation of Article 370, saying the saffron party would not have "snatched away" the special status had Jammu and Kashmir been a Hindu-dominated state.
Alleging that BJP revoked the Article with its "muscle power", Chidambaram said the situation in Jammu and Kashmir was unstable and that international news agencies were covering the unrest, but not Indian media houses.
"...They (BJP) claim Kashmir is stable. Is it? Does it mean stable if Indian media houses don't cover the unrest in J&K?"
He also took potshots at seven regional parties ruling in seven states, saying they did not cooperate against the BJP's move in the Rajya Sabha out of "fear".
Last Updated 1:55 PM IST