New Delhi: Union Minister Farooq Abdullah, who triggered a major controversy by asserting that one can fill their stomach by spending even Re 1, expressed regret over his remarks. Abdullah also said that his remarks were taken out of context.

"The question is that if you can fill your stomach by spending Re 1 and cannot fill it even with Rs 100. The question is what you want to eat. We want the country to progress. These things are necessary to take a country forward," Abdullah said.

However, after his remarks created a furore, the National Conference leader issued a statement saying that his statement on poverty figures issued by the Planning Commission were taken out of context. He also expressed ‘regret’ if his statement hurt people.
"My comments on the cost of a meal have been taken out of context in the media. But I realize that what I said may be misconstrued. I regret any hurt if this may have caused," Abdullah, whose party is an ally of the ruling UPA government said.
His statement came soon after Congress spokesperson Raj Babbar also expressed regret for his remarks that one can have a hearty meal for Rs 12 in Mumbai. Babbar expressed regret after the Congress distanced itself from his remarks and also from the views of another party member Rashid Masood, who claimed that one can have a meal for Rs 5 in Delhi.


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