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Updated: December 19, 2011 00:29 IST

I take back my remark, says Chidambaram

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Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram addresses a gathering at a meeting organised by the Tamil Nadu Congress, to explain the Central Government's stance on the Kudankulam nuclear plant and Mullaiperiyar dam issue in Chennai on Saturday. Photo: Bijoy Ghosh
Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram addresses a gathering at a meeting organised by the Tamil Nadu Congress, to explain the Central Government's stance on the Kudankulam nuclear plant and Mullaiperiyar dam issue in Chennai on Saturday. Photo: Bijoy Ghosh

The Home Minister had earlier termed the Kerala government’s apprehension over safety of the Mullaperiyar dam as "unnecessary" and claimed it was borne out of "by-poll fear".

Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram on Sunday withdrew his remark that fears in Kerala over the safety of the Mullaperiyar dam were induced by a coming byelection. “I take back that remark. That reference was not necessary and it was not my intention to hurt the feelings of anyone,” he clarified, following the controversy over the remark.

In a statement, Mr. Chidambaram asked the people of Kerala and Tamil Nadu to read the whole of his speech delivered at a Congress meeting in Chennai on December 17, which, he said, had been extensively reported in The Hindu and some other papers. [In his speech, he had said, “It is not a fear that came midway, but a fear born out of a byelection. Idayil vandha acham illai, idai-therdhalal acham.”]

The Union Minister said he continued to believe that the Mullaperiyar issue must be resolved “in a spirit of cooperation and brotherhood between the people of the two States.” He clarified that like some other speakers he also made a passing reference to the byelection. He had appealed to everyone that “we must act with dignity, restraint and patience,” stating that fears over the safety of the dam were not justified but that “it was our duty to allay the apprehensions over the safety of the dam.”

Mr. Chidambaram had also said that the dam safety was the concern of not only Kerala but also Tamil Nadu, because Tamil Nadu was dependent on its water. “I also appealed to everyone to await the report of the three-judge panel and the decision of the Supreme Court,” he said.

Sir, Please don't forget that you are Hnble.Home minister of India.. Try to be diplomatic ...but not like this..

from:  Jag
Posted on: Dec 20, 2011 at 11:34 IST

when the water raised, people became anxious, at the same time all the politicians came and sat inside the tends of protesters. which may or may not be for their political advantage, but people of kerala are fully anxious and angry about tamilnadu and tamilnadu's stand on this issue. and more over people or kerala are geting attacked in tamilnadu. everything together u r actualy creating a hatred against urself. people are also unhappy about the contract which they feel is unfair to the state of kerala which only was in favour of tamilnadu.politicains like vaiko's speech really makes a kind of hatred and revenge in the hearts of youngsters in kerala. so what to say, nothing. ONLY ONE THING TO SAY DONT CREATE A KASHMIR IN SOUTH INDIA

from:  sojan
Posted on: Dec 19, 2011 at 12:16 IST

Chidambaram retracting on his tactless comments on Kudankulam shows
his confused and confabulated state of mind. But on second thought
giving credit to his fertile mind process, he must have deliberately
made the comment to appease the prevailing sentiments in Tamil Nadu
and retracted in time to be in line with code of conduct of the
central ministers. Very clever indeed. People too clever also fall a
prey to their own intellectual arrogance and their affected confidence
in maneuvering. His 'clever' association with Raja and quibbling on
the semantics of internal notes in the 2G spectrum, meddling with Home
Ministry staff in favour of a past client etc. are indeed very
ingenious and 'clever' maneuvers; which he was confident would be
buried in the archives of the North Block for ever, are now staring at
him much to his consternation. The saying 'The cat always lands on its
four legs' may still be applicable to this crafty attorney turned
politician to argue his way out of trouble.

from:  M.R.Sampath
Posted on: Dec 19, 2011 at 11:10 IST

Brilliant, it fooled everybody .Keep it up..........

from:  Andrews T.A.
Posted on: Dec 19, 2011 at 10:58 IST

He commented on Kerala aggresively. He degraded himself to an ordinary Tamizhan. He forgot that he is a minister for India!! Why Manmohanji is silent on the issue? Are those comments are from Manmohanji? Why no action from PM? PM should expell him from the minister

from:  Mike
Posted on: Dec 19, 2011 at 10:55 IST

It was leaders like Biman Bose who single-handedly led to the CPM's
demise in West Bengal. Biman Bose was famous for issuing controversial
statements in the morning, and by evening, faced with fierce backlashes,
would claim that he was "feeling ill in the morning" and would withdraw
his statements. Such was one, among many, of his achievements.
It seems PC is heading for a fall by himself. Maybe he won't need Dr
Swamy to prosecute him legally!

from:  Aritra Gupta
Posted on: Dec 19, 2011 at 10:36 IST

What a Bullshit? He does not deserve any moral right to continue in
Cabinet Ministry. He is a disgrace to the Ministry. Within no time,
he should be expelled from the Ministry. Why Prime Minister is
keeping silent? Who lacks backbone here? He is not a common congress
leader, he is the Home Minister of India. How can a Home Minister for
Central Government make these types of statement in a Federal System
of Government? How can he predict the Supreme Court Verdict? He is a
third rate gunda and neither a politican or nor a Home MInister.

The entire Congress Ministry is responsible for these kind of third
rate remarks from a person. He has no sympathy for human beings. He
should be housed in Mullaperiyar for one day then he must realize the
real things.

The Central Government should show at least the decency to sack this
stupid person from the Ministry.

Posted on: Dec 19, 2011 at 10:28 IST
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