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Only regret is that I was never a finance minister in absolute majority govt: Chidambaram

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    Former finance minister and senior Congress leader P Chidambaram on Tuesday said that his only regret is that he was never a finance minister in an "absolute majority" government.

    Former finance minister and senior Congress leader P Chidambaram

    Chidambaram was finance minister under three prime ministers - HD Deve Gowda, IK Gujral and Manmohan Singh- and all these government were coalition governments.

    "The only regret in my life will be that I was never Finance Minister in a Government with absolute majority," Chidambaram said in Ahmedabad.

    He also took a dig at the government and said that development does not mean grabbing headlines.

    "'Vikas (development) cannot be measured by simply saying that I am going to get a bullet train for Rs 1 lakh crore. Development does not mean headline grabbing stories, it means better healthcare, cleaner air, toilets, transportation, gender justice," he added.

    Taking a jibe at Modi government, Chidambaram had on Friday 'thanked Gujarat' for the latest rate cut in Goods and Services Tax (GST) and said elections did what Parliament and common sense could not do.

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