Chidambaram 'only a burden on earth', says Palaniswami

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K. Palaniswami 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 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 such a move.

Chidambaram was only concerned about his interests and not that of the country, he said in his tirade against the former Union Minister.

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 has P. Chidambaram brought (apparently to Tamil Nadu), please tell me. How long was he the Union Minister? (but) what is the use to the country.. (Chidambaram) is only a burden on the earth," the chief minister said.

Palaniswami even asked if Chidambaram "gave adequate funds" while handling the Finance portfolio.

"Did he usher in new industries or any projects. Did he solve the Cauvery dispute or the Mullaperiar issue, or that of the Palar?" Palaniswami asked, referring to the inter-state disputes involving Karnataka, Kerala and Andhra Pradesh, respectively.

"For him, only his selfish (interests) are important, not that of the country's," Palaniswami said adding, the Congress veteran need not be taken seriously.

"People have already rejected him," Palaniswami, Joint Coordinator of the AIADMK, said.

(Agencies)