"Like some other speakers, I also made a passing reference to the forthcoming by-election. I take back that remark," he said in a statement here.
He further said, "that reference was not necessary and it was not my intention to hurt the feelings of anyone."
"I continue to believe that the issue must be resolved in a spirit of cooperation and brotherhood between the people of the two states."
He appealed to the people of both the states to read his whole speech that he had given at a Congress Party meeting in Chennai on Saturday, Dec 16.
The Home Minister in a stand totally unheard of by had said that he hoped the Supreme Court's verdict on the Mullaperiyar issue will favour Tamil Nadu. He also said that the Mullaperiyar Dam was built for Tamil Nadu.
The comment however, did not go well with many and Chidambaram was heavily criticised for passing such comment on a sensitive issue.