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.