Reacting to Jaitley's comments on his views on Modi in a TV interview, Chidambaram said he expected him to rush to the defence of Modi and he had not disappointed him.
"He has responded to my lighter-vein comment on 'back of a postage stamp' and I enjoy such exchanges. However, he (Jaitley) has carefully avoided the other questions that I raised. Why has Shri Modi said nothing about the fiscal deficit, nothing about the Current Account Deficit and nothing about monetary policy," the Minister said.
Chidambaram: Why has Shri Modi said nothing about fiscal deficit
Chidambaram said he had further questions "why do Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat oppose Goods and Services Tax (GST) and prevent a consensus? Why did Shri Modi write to Prime Minister opposing the Food Security Act? If Indian-owned multi-brand retail will not destroy jobs, how will FDI in multi-brand retail destroy jobs?"
In an interview to BBC, Chidambaram had said that the amount of economics that Modi knows can be written on the backside of a postal stamp.
Jaitley had yesterday attacked Chidambaram saying he thinks he is the "principal repository of all economic wisdom" even when the country's growth story being turned into a "nightmare".