Chidambaram still the Finance Ministry boss!

New Delhi: Old habits die hard! It has been more than a year since P Chidambaram took over as Home Minister but for a top banker he is still the boss.

"Honourable Finance Minister..." thus began State Bank of India Chairman O P Bhatt in his address while referring to Chidambaram after receiving the J R D Tata Corporate Leadership Award.

As the audience and those on the dais, including Chidambaram burst into laughter, Bhatt realised his mistake and sought an apology saying, "Old habits die hard. He was my previous boss, the best boss I have ever had."

During the speech, later Bhatt again praised Chidambaram for his leadership and said because of his able guidance as Finance Minister, the Indian banking system could survive when the world had faced one of the worst financial crises.