Modi comment on Sir Creek is a ridiculous suggestion: Chidambaram

Modi comment on Sir Creek is a ridiculous suggestion: ChidambaramAhmedabad, Dec 12 : Finance Minister P. Chidambaram on Wednesday described Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi''s charge that the Indian Government is planning to hand over the Sir Creek area to Pakistan during Interior Minister Rehman Malik''s visit to India later this week as a ridiculous suggestion.

Responding to a media query made during a visit here ahead of the first phase of the Gujarat state assembly elections on Thursday, that Modi had written a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the issue, and raised objections to the reported news of a possible handover, Chidambaram said: "I don't know about the letter. For anyone who says that the Centre is planning to give Sir Creek to Pakistan, then we say, it is a ridiculous suggestion."

He further added: "It is a ridiculous suggestion. Nobody is giving away Sir Creek to Pakistan. But I don''t know anything about the letter."

Earlier, the Prime Minister''s Office (PMO) also rejected Modi''s claim that the Indian Government is planning and is likely to hand over Sir Creek to Pakistan.

Responding to Modi''s charge, the PMO tweeted that it was "untrue".

"It also seems that Shri Modi has written his letter without making any efforts to ascertain the facts from the Government of India," the PMO tweet added.

The PMO further added that other conclusions drawn by Modi from this alleged fact are also not real and the contents of the letter and the timing of its release to the public, raise questions about the motives behind its issue.

"The writing and release of this baseless letter by the CM of Gujarat in his "personal" capacity, a day before elections, is mischievous.", said the PMO tweet.

Modi on Wednesday asked the Prime Minister to stop dialogue with Pakistan at once on the Sir Creek issue and demanded that it should not be handed over to the neighbouring nation.

"I am writing on a serious issue of talks being held on Sir Creek being handed over to Pakistan. Any attempt to hand over Sir Creek to Pakistan would be a strategic blunder considering the history and sensitivity of the region," Modi has written in a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

"I would earnestly request you to stop this dialogue with Pakistan at once and Sir Creek should not be handed over to Pakistan," Modi further wrote in the letter.

"Due to the election code of conduct, Modi wrote the letter as a concerned citizen and not as a chief minister of a state," BJP spokesperson Nirmala Sitaraman said while giving details of the letter at a press conference here.

"I am writing to you at this juncture as I was told that a decision is being taken on Sir Creek issue on December 15," Modi said in the letter ahead of Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik''s visit India from December 14-16.

"Sir Creek has been settled 100 years back between rulers of Kutch and Sindh. Even the tribunal verdict in 1968 headed by the British Prime Minister Harold Wilson shows Pakistan get