When translator botched up Sonia’s speech in Chennai

May 10th, 2009 - 8:50 pm ICT by IANS  

Sonia Gandhi Chennai, May 10 (IANS) Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s Sunday election speech here was a fun for those who understood both English as well as Tamil. And for those who knew Tamil only, her address to potential voters proved to be a damp squib.
Gandhi spoke in English and the speech was translated into Tamil by a Congress leader, only to be botched up for the majority of the listeners.

The translator not only omitted certain key points of Gandhi’s speech but also added his own bits here and there.

The Congress president wanted to highlight the United Progressive Alliance’s (UPA) flagship policy - the Rs.60,000 crore farm loan waiver.

But the translator brought the Rs.60,000 crore figure down to Rs.6,000 crore and he had to be corrected by Dayanidhi Maran, a DMK MP.

The translator was given marching orders midway through the speech and his place was taken by state Congress chief K.V. Thankabalu.

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