PC backs Omar`s Kashmir statement

Home Minister P Chidambaram Monday backed Omar Abdullah saying BJP leader LK Advani had attacked the Jammu and Kashmir chief minister without getting the "real context" of the remarks made by him.

Last Updated: Oct 18, 2010, 17:09 PM IST

Wellington (TN): Home Minister P Chidambaram
Monday backed Omar Abdullah saying BJP leader LK Advani had
attacked the Jammu and Kashmir chief minister without getting
the "real context" of the remarks made by him on the issue of
the state`s accession to India.

"Advani has to read the entire text of speech made by
Omar Abdullah in the state Assembly. Then he would know the
real context in which Abdullah made these remarks,"
Chidambaram told reporters in response to a question on the
demand for Abdullah`s resignation made by Advani.

Advani had slammed Abdullah for his statement that the
state has not merged with India but acceded to it and had
demanded his resignation saying he is "out of tune with the
national mood".

Abdullah had said in the Assembly that the state had
only acceded and not merged with Union of India and could not
be compared to Junagarh and Hyderabad.

When asked whether Congress in Tamil Nadu would seek
share in power with DMK in case the alliance wins the next
Assembly polls, due next year, Chidambaram said "this is not
the time to discuss the issue".

On some nationalised banks reportedly refusing to provide
education loans, Chidambaram said there were some black sheep
in the sector and media should expose them.

"Government has already extended loans to more than
20 lakh students," he said.

Chidambaram was here to hold talks with Army officials
at the Madras Regiment Centre.

PTI