"I agree there is corruption...I won't say it got worse," he said an interview, when asked that 92 percent of people surveyed believe that corruption situation worsened during UPA regime.

“Corruption has been magnified. We are now looking at policy decisions on which there can be debate as instances of corruption and since these have been magnified by some constitutional authorities, there is a widespread perception that corruption has become worse,” he added.

Chidambaram said that the government was aware of the problem and was dealing with it.

“Corruption was not only limited to India, but is being witnessed in other countries also,” he added.

The Congress led UPA government has faced series of corruption allegations. These include 2G spectrum allocation, coal block distribution, Adarsh society and conduct of Commonwealth Games. The alleged scams surfaced following reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG).

On the prospects of success of forthcoming general elections, Chidambaram said, “Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi is young. He has now being named as the leader of the election campaign. He may lead us to victory in 2014. But even if he doesn't, can you assert that he cannot lead us to victory in the next election?”

Chidambaram further said the Congress-led UPA has been in office for the past 10 years and might have made some mistakes and (also had) successes.

"People will vote and decide whether they want to re=elect us or not," he added.


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