When Sports Minister Gill was told he didn’t act like a sportsman!June 14th, 2009 - 10:01 pm ICT by ANI
By Ravinder Singh RobinAmritsar, June 14 (ANI): Union Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports M.S. Gill had a surprise in store when he met the Fourth Estate at a briefing here on Sunday.
The journalists felt he treated them in an unsportsman-like manner. They didn’t relish what they felt estranged style of dealing with journalists.
The media interaction started off with Gill declaring that he would choose only five journalists out of the 20-odd mediamen present.
Mediapersons were asked to raise their hands if they wanted to ask questions like students facing their headmaster.
The journalists were not prepared to be treated like pupils at a school. So, the Sports Minister was asked what makes him so special that he could dictate to journalists when even at press conferences addressed by the Prime Minister or Home Minister, journalists were never subjected to such undignified experience.
Earlier, the suggestion to have a group photograph met with a negative response.
For once, Gill was stumped! Perhaps, he never anticipated such a scathing remark and that too publicly.
Realising the mood Gill stood up from his chair and came close to a journalist, “My dear, have I replied to your question or not?”
“Of course, you did,” the journalist replied.
Realising, that he had hurt the journalists, Gill smiled and said: “Let’s go out and have a cup of tea.” (ANI)
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