Puducherry, Apr 10: A day after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh rejected P Chidambaram's resignation offer, the Union Home Minister made it clear that he did not wish to talk about it any further.
“The resignation was indeed tendered. The Prime Minister has rejected it. The matter is a closed chapter," he told reporters on Saturday, Apr 10.
He said that he decided to quit as the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) was under him. However, he clarified that just because the security force came under his charge it does not mean that the state governments can wash their hands off the war against Maoists.
"It does not mean that the state governments have no role. They have a role, they acknowledge it, recognise and according to me, all the state governments are fully aware of this responsibility," he remarked, stressing that the task of tackling Maoist menace requires action from Centre as well as State governments.
The Home Minister tendered his resignation over the Dantewada Maoist massacre, in which 76 lives of CRPF personnel and one police officer were lost on Tuesday, Apr 6.
He also took full responsibility for the attack on Friday, Apr 9 while speaking at a CRPF function.