Friday, September 30, 2011

'Frankly, I have a short memory,' said P.Chidambaram

At the monthly interaction with the media, home minister P.Chidambaram wanted to leave behind yesterday's bitterness when he said, "Frankly, I have a short memory." The question was whether the tussle between finance minister Pranab Mukherjee and him has ended. When aother reporter followed it up with the question whether it was true that he had offered to resign thrice, Chdiambaram said, "I am bad at counting." He refused to answer any questions about week-long standoff with Mukherjee over a note that the finance ministry had sent to the prime minister's office (PMO). The note implied that Chidambaram could have prevented A.Raja from going ahead with the doling out 2G spectrum licences to Swan and Unitech, which were new players in the sector. Chidambaram was however grim. The strain of yesterday's battle was clear on his face.

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