External Affairs Minister S M Krishna said there is no turf war between the Prime Minister’s Office and his ministry, and maintained that foreign policy is “the totality” and it is not being made “simply by the foreign affairs ministers” — but the cabinet.
In an interview with Vir Sanghvi on CNBC-TV18, the veteran Congress leader also said his induction into the cabinet was the biggest surprise of his political life.
“Foreign policy will not be made simply by the foreign affairs ministers or external affairs minister. It is the totality. It is the cabinet. For day-to-day carrying on of the ministry of external affairs there is total freedom and there is no interference from the PMO and I have the greatest respect and regard for the PM and it is amply reciprocated.”
The minister said, “With the PMO, I have an excellent rapport, with the PM himself I have an excellent rapport.”
On media reports on a turf war, the minister said the “media speculations and these media engineered assessments don’t bother” him at all.
The minister, unlike his deputy, Shashi Tharoor, doesn’t post messages on the micro-blogging site Twitter.
On being asked whether ministers should tweet, he said, “I think there we will have to draw the line. I think making policies is too serious a business and then it cannot be tweeted. I think it needs deliberation, it needs discussion, it needs contemplation and then ultimately it has to come out in the shape of a policy.”
But he maintained that it was up to the ministers to decide whether they should tweet or not.
Catch the repeat telecast on Sunday at 9 pm on CNBC-TV 18.