P Chidambaram cribbed about the price of coffee at Chennai Airport and we can’t digest it

Former Union Minister P Chidambaram, with allegations of massive scams against him, tweeted earlier today, expressing his shock and disbelief at tea and coffee at Chennai Airport priced at Rs. 135 and Rs. 180 respectively.

One is reminded of the fact that Chidambaram, when he was the Union Home Minister back in 2012, had questioned the urban middle class complaining about price rise by saying how can they complain when they can buy ice cream for Rs. 20. Interestingly, former finance minister’s family also owns a 200-acre coffee estate in Coorg, Karnataka, which is inherited by Chidambaram from his grandfather Raja Annamalai Chettiar in 1956, for which they receive agricultural income for which they have claimed full exemption from income tax.

As expected, Chidambaram got mocked for his statements which showed how he is so far from reality.

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Interestingly, there are even reports of Karti, P Chidambaram’s son, having created a huge real estate empire for himself through his company Advantage Strategic Consulting, which also holds some franchisees of Café Coffee Day, the same coffee chain Chidambaram rejected the tea from, in parts of Malaysia.

Some even reminded how the price of coffee has more or less been the same even when he was the finance minister and home minister.

While many were just amused at the fact that perhaps the former finance minister has paid for his own tea or coffee for the first time.

And some reminded him how easy it was to file his grievances for the cost of coffee instead of tweeting about it.

Or perhaps be little mindful of disclosing his location, especially when it is Chennai Airport.

Jokes apart, Chidambaram’s attempt at coming across as an average middle class seems to have backfired terribly.


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