Journalists created ruckus and boycotted the press conference of industry and commerce minister Yashodhara Raje Scindia after she pulled up a senior journalist over his query as to how he should address her.
The journalist raised a question over the performance of the women team's hockey coach Paramjeet Singht to which Raje annoyingly replied that he was performing well and the journalists should update their knowledge. On this, some of journalists remarked that they had enough knowledge.
Another journalist asked Raje if he should address her as 'shreemant' or 'mam'. The irked minister then asked the journalist to see the meaning of 'shreemant' in a Sanskrit book first and then ask such a question. She also said journalists can't hurl a personal comment on a minister.
In protest, journalists walked out of the conference hall and so did the minister. Later, officers from the public relations department persuaded both parties to resume their seats.
The annoyed minister kept mum when asked about police inaction against an IAS officer TP Ahuja, who is accused of harassing a woman psychiatrist.
'Dept has no money for stadium'
When HT asked about the present status of construction of international cricket stadium in Bhopal, the minister said, "The department doesn't have a budget for the stadium but we are working to fulfil the wish of CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan."
In the last three years, the department was only able to identify Barkheda Nathu as a site for the construction of the stadium. But no work has been initiated yet.
Releasing the achievementsreport of the sports department, Scindia announced that Khel Alankaran Samaroah of MP (state sports award ceremony) would be held on December 23.