Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram on Wednesday clarified that he was not present when the Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind (JUH) adopted a resolution at its 30th general session in Deoband on Tuesday asking Muslims not to recite the “Vande Mataram.”

“Home Minister P. Chidambaram was at the JUH conference at Deoband on November 3 between 10 a.m. and 12 noon. No resolution was passed during that period. When he spoke, he was not aware of any resolution relating to ‘Vande Mataram’ or women’s reservation and television,” a statement issued by his office said. Besides, Mr. Chidambaram was reading from a prepared text and there was no occasion to depart from that text, the statement said.

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