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Quiet patriotism will defeat muscular nationalism: P Chidambaram on election results

Former Finance Minister P Chidambaram on Thursday said that quiet patriotism will defeat muscular nationalism while commenting on Maharashtra and Haryana assembly elections outside court.

“Congress workers must believe that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) can be defeated in an election. Calm and quiet patriotism can defeat muscular nationalism,” P Chidambaram said to the media.

P Chidambaram is currently in the custody of the Enforcement Directorate in INX Media money laundering case.

Even as he appeared before a Mumbai court in connection with his bail hearing in the case, P Chidambaram took a peep into the phone of his lawyer to know about the trends and results.

The results for Haryana and Maharashtra Assembly elections were declared on October 24.

The BJP-Shiv Sena alliance retained power in Maharashtra, albeit with a reduced majority, while it was a hung Assembly in Haryana where the BJP emerged as the single largest party and JJP chief Dushyant Chautala and independents hold the key to government formation.

In Haryana, the Congress bagged 31 seats, up from 15 in the outgoing House.

Congress leader and former chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, who won from his stronghold Garhi Sampla-Kiloi in Rohtak district, urged non-BJP outfits to join hands.

Looking at the trend where the BJP was a leading party in assembly elections, Chidambaram took potshots at the party while encouraging Congress leaders saying that “calm and quiet patriotism can defeat muscular nationalism.”

On Wednesday, P Chidambaram moved the Delhi High Court seeking bail in the INX Media money laundering case.

Chidambaram was granted bail by the Supreme Court in the case lodged by the CBI.

The relief from the Supreme Court for Chidambaram came around two months after he was arrested.

Chidambaram will, however, continue to remain in jail as he is presently in the custody of the Enforcement Directorate (ED).

(With inputs from agencies)


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