With some voices getting louder for a ‘dhoti-clad’ Tamil occupying the Prime Minister’s post, Finance Minister P. Chidambaram, on Monday dismissed speculation about his candidature.

When asked to comment on DMK patriarch, M Karunanidhi, and film star Kamal Hassan’s apparent remarks about his candidature, Chidambaram said, “I don’t know whether I should take your question very seriously. But let me give you a very serious answer. I know my limitations. And I live and conduct myself according to my limitations.”

He said if reporters were expecting a light-hearted comment, then “I tell you this. I know that some of you think I am foolish. But I am not so foolish as you think.”

Karunanidhi had lavished praise on Chidambaram, and said that the Finance Minister was among the few who had a place in his heart as the senior Congress leader, was virtually projected by some speakers at a function as a potential Prime Ministerial candidate.

The DMK patriarch himself made a reference in his speech to the applause from audiences whenever speakers expressed their wish to see a ‘dhoti-clad’ Tamil occupying the Prime Minister’s seat, an apparent reference to Chidambaram. Kamal Hassan has also expressed his desire to see Chidambaram become the country’s Prime Minister.


(This article was published on December 31, 2012)
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