Apologies from Renuka (From Corridors of Power)

April 25th, 2008 - 10:35 pm ICT by admin  

A file-photo of P. Chidambaram

New Delhi, April 25 (IANS) Child and Women Development minister Renuka Chowdhury is known for her punctuality and hardly ever gets delayed - at least not when she has to lay papers in parliament. Friday was, however, a different day. She was listed at serial number six, but when the chair called her name, she was absent.

Lok Sabha speaker Somnath Chatterjee, as usual, did not make any comments and went ahead calling other ministers whose names were listed.

He was about to conclude when Chowdhury stepped in. “I apologise, Sir,” she said while seeking Chatterjee’s permission, which he heartily granted.

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Sanskrit from Jatiya

Bharatiya Janata Party’s Satyanarayan Jatiya, a veteran member of the Lok Sabha from Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh, is a scholarly person known for his command over various languages including English and Sanskrit.

Raising the problem of food grain and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) shortage during Zero Hour, Jatiya chose poetry to bring home a point.

A bemused Speaker Somnath Chatterjee asked if ‘Jatiyaji’ could switch over to Sanskrit. “Dhanyawade, mahabhage, (thanks, sir)”, Jatiya concluded.

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Very Good!

The issue of quota for poorer sections of the society is considered to be close to the heart of the Left leaders including Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee. This was amply clear Friday when Jaswant Singh Yadav of the Congress sought quota for the Scheduled Castes, Tribes and Other Backward Classes in the house.

“Very good,” responded the chair complimenting him.

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A la Chidambaram

Finance Minister P. Chidambaram is not only conversant with the financial nitty-gritty, but also knows how to control inquisitive members.

Lok Sabha Friday witnessed a flurry of questions on the farm loan waiver like raising the ceiling for the waiver and the cut-off dates.

The minister had a standard answer for all questions: “All suggestions and demands are under the active consideration of the government.”

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