Home Minister P Chidambaram should work more and speak less, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said on Saturday.
"There is no profit in speaking too much. Do work... I have all regard for Chidambaram but I will suggest that he should control his tone and tenor," Kumar said while addressing a press conference here.
This advice from Kumar has come close on the heels of Dantewada massacre in Chhattisgarh, the worst attack by Maoists on security forces.
Besides, he said, everybody knew that the offer of resignation by Chidambaram to the prime minister wouldn't be accepted.
"People know it. It is not good to speak too much (bahut bola nahin jaata hai)."
Kumar also took on Home Secretary G K Pillai for his recent comments that Bihar was a "little soft" in taking any "hard action" against Maoists since assembly elections were scheduled later this year.
"Is it the job of a home secretary to give a political statement? This is absolutely impudent," he said.
"It becomes difficult for me to react on the statement of a home secretary of the government of India. We will have to understand the federal structure (of this country). We will have to pay respect to each other," he said.
Modi, Varun not needed
BJP leaders Narendra Modi and Varun Gandhi are not needed for campaigning for the coming assembly elections in Bihar, Kumar said.
"Elections in Bihar will be held on the basis of the performance of our government... Workers of (state unit of) BJP are capable of putting forth their views before the people," the JD(U) leader said.
'Resignation saga over'
Calling his resignation episode a closed chapter, Home Minister P Chidambaram on Saturday said he decided to quit because the CRPF came under his charge but that does not mean state governments have no role in tackling the Maoists.
"The resignation was indeed tendered. The PM has rejected it. The matter is a closed chapter," he said in Puducherry.