There was no 'power' for Home Minister P Chidambaram [ Images ] on Tuesday while the promotion of Power Minister Sushilkumar Shinde as his successor on a day when unprecedented electricity failure hit the country was described as an 'irony'.
Lights went off for a couple of seconds when Chidambaram was giving a monthly report card of his ministry during his interaction with the media at the Press Information Bureau conference hall in the heart of the Capital.
Prasad took a dig at Shinde's appointment, saying it is ironical that he has been moved to Home Ministry on a day when grid failures affected half of the country's population.
"It is an irony that the reshuffle has happened on a day when power failure has happened," the BJP leader said.
Just hours before he was moved to the finance ministry, Chidambaram ducked a question on reports that he would soon get back his old portfolio, saying he was 'content' with his current job.
"I don't think so. I am very happy to meet you once in a month. I am content to do the job I am doing and we will meet next month," he told reporters when asked whether Tuesday's media interaction would be his last press conference as home minister.
About reports that a notification has gone to Rashtrapati Bhavan [ Images ] for the approval of President Pranab Mukherjee [ Images ] to appoint him as the new Finance Minister, Chidambaram said "I am too small a person for the President to tell me".Prime Minister Manmohan Singh [ Images ] has been holding charge of the finance ministry after Mukherjee quit the post last month to contest the Presidential elections.