SIVAGANGA: Charging that certain elements were attempting to divide the people of country on religious lines, Union finance minister P Chidambaram said he strongly condemned those attempts.
Addressing the gathering at Sooranam near his hometown Sivaganga where he opened the 15,000th branch of State Bank of India on Saturday, Chidambaram said that religious fanatics should not be allowed to divide the people of India.
Chidambaram, who started his speech saying that Sooranam is populated by Christians, said people following different faiths have been living in India for years in absolute harmony. “But some are trying to bring a divide among people of the country. They are injecting poison in the minds of even children,” he charged. Chidambaram said that the activities of some people are akin to promoting the differences and bring a religious divide.
“I strongly condemn this,” he said and urged the people not to let the country divided by religious fanatics. Chidambaram said that infusing differences of caste and creed among children is a cruel act. India is not divided by such differences. “We cannot allow such acts of divisive nature,” he warned. People of the country should be cautious about such elements that intend to divide the people of the country, he said.
Chidambaram said that one cannot deny the fact about the presence of poverty in India. At the same time no one can deny that India has also witnessed massive growth, he noted.
Earlier, at the inauguration of Indian Overseas Bank’s 3,000th branch at Vaniyankudi, Chidambaram dwelt on the need for opening more bank branches to make banking accessible to all people. He said that UPA has a policy to open more bank branches to serve various interests of the people including education, agriculture and business. Banks too should follow the policy of the government and open more branches, he urged. “Banks cannot have a policy different from that of the government,” he said. Like laying of roads and opening of schools, setting up banks and their branches was also fundamental duty of the government he said.(TOI)