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Chidambaram dismisses questions on PM candidature

New Delhi, Dec 31, 2012 (IANS) 19:43 IST
Finance Minister P. Chidambaram Monday dismissed suggestions that he could emerge as prime ministerial candidate in 2014, saying he knew his limitations.

"I know my limitations and I live and conduct myself according to my limitations," he said, giving a "serious" answer to query about DMK leader M. Karunanidhi extending support to his possible candidature for the post of prime minister after the next Lok Sabha polls.

Chidambaram, who was addressing a press conference concerning rollout of direct benefits transfer, said he was also prepared to answer the question in a non-serious way.

"I know that some of you think I am foolish, but I am not so foolish as you think," he said.
At a book release function, Karunanidhi Saturday mentioned about the gradual rise of Chidambaram in national politics and said to loud applause that a "dhoti-clad Tamil should be the prime minister" indicated the people's expectation of him.

He said Chidambaram was one of the few who had a place in his heart.

Some other speakers at the event hoped Chidambaram would play a bigger role.
There has been discussion in political circles about Chdiambaram emerging as a possible prime ministerial candidate after the 2014 Lok Sabha elections if the Congress emerges winner and party general secretary Rahul Gandhi is not willing to take up the task.

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