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I was disinclined to take over as home minister: Chidambaram

December 01, 2008 14:00 IST
Last Updated: December 01, 2008 14:02 IST

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"I was disinclined" to move to the Home Ministry but in a situation like this, "I answered to the call of duty", P Chidambaram said on Monday on his portfolio being changed from Finance Minister to Home Minister.

"When the Prime Minister conveyed the decision to me, I will be less than honest if I do not say that I was disinclined," Chidambaram told reporters while winding up his duties with the Finance Ministry.

"But in a situation like the one we find ourselves, the final call is taken by the party leader, in my case the Congress president and the Prime Minister. I therefore answered to the call of duty," he said.

NSA briefs Chidambaram

National Security Advisor M K Narayanan today briefed Chidamabaram on the internal security situation in the country.

"I came to brief the new Home Minister on the situation," Narayanan told reporters

The NSA apprised Chidambaram of the security scenario and the investigations into the terror strikes in Mumbai which claimed over 180 lives.

Home Secretary Madhukar Gupta had yesterday met Chidambaram and gave him a briefing on the ministry, especially in the current context of tackling the menace of terrorism.


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