Chidambaram rejects charge of humiliating officer, says didn’t hurt anyone’s feelings

Finance Minister P Chidambaram on Thursday rejected a charge by an officer that he had insulted him.

New Delhi | Updated: February 13, 2014 10:29 pm
Krishna, who reportedly felt insulted, wrote to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh complaining about the alleged remarks of Chidambaram at the meeting. Krishna, who reportedly felt insulted, wrote to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh complaining about the alleged remarks of Chidambaram at the meeting.

Finance Minister P Chidambaram on Thursday rejected a charge by an officer that he had insulted him during a meeting and said he had not hurt anyone’s feelings.

“I don’t know what the controversy is about. He (Urban Development Secretary Sudhir Krishna) was speaking in a mixture of Hindi and English, which I could not understand. I told him that he may speak in English or, if he was more comfortable, speak in Hindi and someone could help me understand,” he said in a statement.

Two newspapers reported the correct version of what happened during the meeting, he said, adding, “I have nothing more to add. There was no question of hurting anyone’s feelings.”

Krishna, who reportedly felt insulted, wrote to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh complaining about the alleged remarks of Chidambaram at the meeting, saying the “tone and tenor (of the minister) was expressly humiliating.”

The meeting had been called to discuss additional central assistance for Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission projects that were sanctioned and were awaiting release of funds by the Finance Ministry.

Besides Krishna, the meeting was attended by the Expenditure Secretary and officers of the Finance Ministry and the Urban Development Ministry.

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    Thomas
    Feb 14, 2014 at 3:35 am
    It's a great shame that Mr. PC, who has been a cabinet minister for long doesn't know our national language and that he want someone to make him understand that. :-(
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    Thomas
    Feb 14, 2014 at 3:35 am
    It's a great shame that Mr. PC, who has been a cabinet minister for long doesn't know our national language and that he want someone to make him understand that. :-(
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    IndiTexan
    Feb 13, 2014 at 4:33 pm
    15 years as central minister and can't understand Hindi. Pathetic. No wonder the economy is doing so bad under this FM.
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    IndiTexan
    Feb 13, 2014 at 4:33 pm
    15 years as central minister and can't understand Hindi. Pathetic. No wonder the economy is doing so bad under this FM.
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    Dinesh Dinesh
    Feb 14, 2014 at 9:29 am
    PC is a lier. If he realy wanted nothing but his men to translate Hindi speech of the secretary, then his men could easily translate mixed (Hindi and English) speech also. Where was the need to tell the secretary to speak in Hindi. You lousy minister cannot even accept your mistake - what a dirty people in politics.
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    Dinesh Dinesh
    Feb 14, 2014 at 9:29 am
    PC is a lier. If he realy wanted nothing but his men to translate Hindi speech of the secretary, then his men could easily translate mixed (Hindi and English) speech also. Where was the need to tell the secretary to speak in Hindi. You lousy minister cannot even accept your mistake - what a dirty people in politics.
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    Pavi
    Feb 14, 2014 at 3:47 am
    "Chidambaram believes that when God was distributing intelligence, he was the first one in the queue", that's how Narendra Modi has described Chidambaram. Very very apt description. PC has no shame.
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    Pavi
    Feb 14, 2014 at 3:47 am
    "Chidambaram believes that when God was distributing intelligence, he was the first one in the queue", that's how Narendra Modi has described Chidambaram. Very very apt description. PC has no shame.
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