China comment: Jairam meets PC, makes peace
After being reprimanded by PM Manmohan Singh for his controversial remarks in China, Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh today met Home Minister P Chidambaram and is said to have clarified the context of the statement.
New Delhi: After being reprimanded by Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh for his controversial remarks in
China, Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh today met Home
Minister P Chidambaram and is said to have clarified the
context of the statement.
Ramesh who met the Home Minister in North Block refused
to talk to media about the meeting that lasted for just 15
The meeting is being seen as a damage control exercise
from Ramesh to appease Chidambaram, who in a letter to the
Prime Minister expressed his reservation against Ramesh`s
remarks made in the neighbouring country.
The Minister in Beijing had said on last Saturday that
the Home Ministry was "overly defencive" and "alarmist" in its
approach towards entry of Chinese companies in India.
He was critical of the Home Ministry`s decision about
restrictions on allowing the import and installation of
equipment from Chinese firms on the grounds that it could pose
a security challenge, in the highly-sensitive telecom sector.
Ramesh, while talking about the India-China warmth
developed during the Copenhagen Summit on Climate Change, had
suggested that the Home Ministry needed to be "much more
relaxed" in its approach to Chinese investments in India.
However, back home Ramesh faced attacks from all quarters
including the Congress and Opposition parties such as BJP
which criticised him for breaching basic protocol with his
comments on the issue that pertained to be of national
The Prime Minister pulled up Ramesh asking him "not to
make comments on the functioning of other ministries,
especially with regard to relationship with important
neighbours like China," PMO sources had said.
"There is no confusion in our policies towards China and
we continue to strive for constructive engagement with
Beijing," Singh had told Ramesh.
While Congress tried to distance itself from the
comments made by Ramesh, the BJP had demanded his resignation.