they are 41.3 per cent, whereas 32.5 per cent in Maharashtra, Chidambaram said.
"So if you combine compassion for poor with growth, then the scenario changes," he said, adding, "I am not here to politicise, so won't say further."
"I am passionate about growth..., but I must remind you that the passion for growth must be combined with compassion for the poor," he said.
"A most constructive economic policy is incomplete without the element of compassion.... I support Dr Bhagwati's views... there should be passion for growth and equally support Dr Sen's model which says there should be compassion for the poor," Chidambaram said.
"I think the Bhagwati model will never be complete unless complemented with Sen's model," he said.