- Ghulam Nabi Azad, Ahmed Patel met ex-Finance Minister in jail last week
- Congress has stepped up its show of support for P Chidambaram
- P Chidambaram was arrested by CBI in connection with INX Media case
Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress president Sonia Gandhi visited Delhi's Tihar jail on Monday to meet former union minister P Chidambaram, who has been in prison since September 5 in connection with a corruption investigation.
The gesture by two of the Congress's top leaders signaled the party's stand that it would back its leaders all the way against what it calls politically-driven targeting.
Mr Chidambaram appreciated the visit in his tweets. "I am honoured that Sonia Gandhi and Dr. Manmohan Singh called on me today. As long as the party is strong and brave, I will also be strong and brave," his family tweeted on his behalf.
I have asked my family to tweet on my behalf the following:— P. Chidambaram (@PChidambaram_IN) September 23, 2019
I am honoured that Smt. Sonia Gandhi and Dr. Manmohan Singh called on me today.
As long as the @INCIndia party is strong and brave, I will also be strong and brave.
Mr Chidambaram's son Karti Chidambaram, who also went with the Congress leaders, said Sonia Gandhi had given "immense support" to his father and he and Dr Singh had a "long discussion about the state of the economy". Last week, Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad and Ahmed Patel had met Mr Chidambaram.
Mr Chidambaram is accused of facilitating in 2007, as the country's finance minister, a huge infusion of foreign funds into the company INX Media. Karti Chidambaram is accused of receiving kickbacks for facilitating the process.
The Chidambarams were named by INX co-founders Peter and Indrani Mukerjea, who are in jail in Mumbai in connection with the murder of Indrani's daughter Sheena Bora.
Mr Chidambaram, who celebrated his 74th birthday on Monday, "is in good health", said PTI. The former union minister has kept his Twitter timeline active from jail, targeting the government on various subjects including the economy.
This morning, he also tweeted on the grand "Howdy, Modi" event on Sunday at Houston, Texas, where Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump addressed a giant crowd of Indian Americans.
Mr Chidambaram picked on PM Modi's comment, "If you ask me 'Howdy, Modi', I'll say - Bharat mein sab achha hai (everything is great in India)"."
The former Union Minister responded: "Bharat mai sab achha hai. Except for unemployment, loss of existing jobs, lower wages, mob violence, lockdown in Kashmir and throwing Opposition leaders in prison."
Bharat mai sab achha hai.— P. Chidambaram (@PChidambaram_IN) September 23, 2019
Except for unemployment, loss of existing jobs, lower wages, mob violence, lockdown in Kashmir and throwing Opposition leaders in prison.
Earlier Sunday, Mr Chidambaram had also directed a jibe at the CBI for arguing in court that he was a flight risk. "I am thrilled to discover that according to some people, I will grow golden wings and fly away to the moon. I hope I will have a safe landing," his family posted on his behalf.
On Thursday a Delhi court was told Mr Chidambaram had neither a pillow nor a chair in his cell, because of which he had "developed back pain". The court refused to be swayed by the claim, which the government dismissed as a "small issue" and extended his custody to October 3. The senior Congress leader will have spent nearly a month in jail by then.
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