Internal fight breaks out withing Congress over candidature of Karti Chidambaram, top TN Congress leader says people hate his entire family

An internal fight has broken out within the Congress party, with the announcement that P Chidambaram’s son Karti Chidambaram will be contesting elections from Sivaganga constituency in the upcoming general polls. This decision comes at a time when Karti is facing multiple serious allegations of corruption and financial irregularities.

Voicing strong reservations against the decision, former Union minister and Congress leader Sudarsana Natchiappan slammed Chidambaram’s family over corruption. Sudarsana Natchiappan said that giving ticket to Karti will damage the image of the party and could lead to many problems in the future.

It may be noted that the Sivaganga constituency has been a stronghold of the Chidambaram family from where P Chidambaram was elected seven times. It was in 1999 when P Chidambaram tasted defeat from the constituency as Natchiappan emerged victorious. Ever since, the relations between the two have not been the very best.

“As far as I understand, people hate that entire family (P Chidambaram’s family) as they have not done any good for the Sivaganga constituency,” Natchiappan who was elected twice to the Rajya Sabha (2004, 2010) told reporters. Natchiappan, who is also an advocate, said naming Karti could also be a reason for future problems in the Congress party.

Natchiappan further alleged that Chidambaram prevented him from becoming not only the Tamil Nadu Congress Committee president but also a minister at the Centre for about nine years (since UPA assumed power in 2004).

Meanwhile people on social networking sites also came up with strong reactions to the decision of allotting election ticket to Karti Chidambaram.

In February, 2018, Karti Chidambaram was arrested by the CBI at Chennai airport in connection with the same case. An FIR filed by the CBI on May 15, 2017 alleged irregularities in the clearance given by the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) to INX Media to receive funds from overseas. This amount was about Rs 305 crore in 2007 when P Chidambaram was the finance minister in the UPA government.

INX Media was once owned by Peter and Indrani Mukerjea, the prime suspects in the money laundering case. Karti is connected to the INX Media bribery case regarding various clearances given to the company.

According to investigative agencies, INX Media showed a transaction of Rs 10 lakh named against Advantage Strategic Consulting Pvt Ltd, a firm which is allegedly indirectly owned by Karti, as management consultancy charges towards an FIPB notification and clarification.

It has been alleged that Karti Chidambaram took money from INX Media and used his influence and power to manipulate a tax probe against the company regarding a case of violation of FIPB conditions to get investments from Mauritius.