Never a dull moment in Madhya Pradesh assembly

  • Rahul Noronha, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
  • Updated: Dec 13, 2014 17:01 IST

The Madhya Pradesh assembly had another comic moment on Friday when a minister got the opposition’s idiom wrong and said he couldn’t comment for the word “flute” (used in the idiom) wasn’t listed for discussion.

On Wednesday, many legislators in the MP assembly had congratulated minister Kailash Vijayvargiya, perhaps taking him for Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi.

But, on Friday it was about language. Congress legislator Mahendra Singh Kalukheda used the English idiom “Nero fiddled when Rome burnt” during the call attention motion to expose the government’s inaction in distribution of compensation to hail-hit farmers. He translated it into Hindi as “jab Rome jal raha tha, Nero bansi (flute) baja raha tha”.

However, revenue minister Rampal Singh, perhaps unaware of the idiom, remarked, "bansi ka ullekh dhyanakarshan main nahi hai, main jawab nahi de sakta" (There is no reference to a flute in the call attention motion. I cannot comment on it).

It was not clear whether the minister made the remark in jest or just out of ignorance. But, when women and child development minister Maya Singh, who sits adjacent to him, tugged at his sleeves to make him stop, proved the comic moment.

However, laughters and chuckles drowned in the din of the proceedings. But, some of the media persons enjoyed another humour moment on the floor of the house.

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