Finance minister Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday said that the differences between him and home minister P Chidambaram were a "closed chapter" and asserted that the government "is in command of things".
"Myself and Mr Chidambaram addressed the media and the chapter is closed and he (Chidambaram) admitted it. So there is no no question.....," he told a news channel at his ancestral home where he is currently staying for performing Durga puja.
Mukherjee admitted that in a multi-party political system in the party there can be "differences sometimes".
He was asked whether the "public making up" between him and Chidambaram signalled the end of the rift.
To a question about the impression that there were "serious cracks" in the government and it was a "house divided" that would collapse any time, the minister said "if you go by the classical theory of the opposition, the role of the opposition is oppose, expose and depose, if possible.
Mukherjee said, "They should not not read too much into the so-called differences. They should concentrate on themselves because after all it (opposition) is also not very united house. If you look at their past record so much literature has come.
"I need not not mention to you the book of Strobe Talbot or what happened in Kandahar between two senior ministers. I am not not mentioning names deliberately. Therefore, these things are clear. In multi-party political system there may be differences sometimes."
He said this much he can say that the government "is in command of things".
"There is a strong leadership in the government provided by Dr Manmohan Singh, strong leadership in the party provided by Mrs Sonia Gandhi. There is perfect coordination and harmonisation between the party and the government," he asserted.
The minister expressed the hope that with this message of unity in the government the image of differences would go away.