In what could be regarded as a major embarrassment to the Congress party, their leader Karti Chidambaram was publicly confronted by a group of ladies when tried to promote Rahul Gandhi’s promised minimum income scheme.
Actually, the Congress party had arranged 25 women to perform ‘Aarti’ of Karti Chidambaram when he arrives at his constituency in Sivaganga. Each of the women were also promised Rs 500 each. However later Congress workers retracted from their promise and gave only 800 Rs to all the women together.
Upon his arrival, when Karti reiterated Rahul Gandhi’s promise of giving rupees 6,000 to country’s poor 20% population every month, some of these women who were denied promised amount, confronted him.
One of the ladies retorted back asking how would he give Rs 6,000 into when he can’t even give the promised Rs 500.
Responding to this, Karti said, “Please do not worry about such a little amount of Rs 500. Vote us, we’ll make sure Rs 6,000 per month reaches your doorstep, through the bank accounts..”
Sivaganga is Chidambaram’s stronghold from where the senior Congress leader was elected to Lok Sabha a record seven times — 1984, 1989, 1991,1996, 1998, 2004 and 2009. Chidambaram lost only once in 1999 to Natchiappan when he contested on a Tamil Maanila Congress (TMC) ticket. The battle for Sivaganga will be interesting since Karti will face Raja, known for his penchant for controversies. The duo had clashed with each other during the 2014 Lok Sabha elections as well, but lost. While Raja ststood third as candidate of the NDA alliance, Karti came fourth as the Congress contested alone.
This election, Karti will face the electorate by showcasing the work done by his father as an MP seven times. He is also banking on the strength of the DMK-Congress alliance.