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Manmohan rejects Chidambaram's offer to quit

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NEW DELHI: Accepting full responsibility for Tuesday's Maoist attack on a battalion of the Central Reserve Police Force in Chhattisgarh's Dantewada district that left 76 personnel dead, Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram offered his resignation to the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Dr. Singh rejected it.

“The Home Minister met the Prime Minister and gave his resignation in writing on Wednesday. But the Prime Minister rejected it,” sources in the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) said on Friday.

Accepts responsibility

Earlier in the day, Mr. Chidambaram said at a CRPF function: “I have been asked directly or indirectly where the buck stops for what happened in Dantewada. I have no hesitation in saying the buck stops at my desk. I accept full responsibility for what happened.”

Soon after his return from Jagdalpur on Wednesday, he called on Dr. Singh and gave him in writing, “I accept full responsibility for what happened in Dantewada….and I think I will stop there. Let me not elaborate.”

This was an indication enough that he may have offered his resignation to Dr. Singh.

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