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It’s on the House

Our leaders have found novel uses for the assemblies. Why not let these worthies occupy them at all times?

india Updated: Jul 22, 2010 23:56 IST

Politics is going to pot. Or should it be flowerpots, judging by the heartwarming manner in which a Bihar woman MLC flung them about in the legislature? Madam Jyoti Debi of the Congress was incensed that the judiciary dared to ask for a probe into financial irregularities, something she and her colleagues feel should be left to

them. We presume that since they have taken such an independent stand, they will also cough up for the damages in

the Bihar assembly without the intervention of anyone else. Or could it be that the dear lady was offended by the aesthetics of the House and decided to do a little pruning and weeding herself?

All we can say is that these vigorous housekeeping methods have not led to the MLAs coming out of it all smelling of roses. And talking of olfactory matters, the poor toiling MLAs of Karnataka got a dose when they decided to have a little sleepover in the assembly earlier this month to protest against illegal mining allegedly masterminded by two ruling party MLAs. But given that they have the onerous duties of state on their overburdened shoulders, they did try to make things comfortable for themselves. So the menu included biryani and assorted snacks and bed linen. But to their horror, the long-suffering protestors found themselves confronted by rodents and cockroaches who did not take kindly to their nocturnal space being encroached upon. The sanitation facilities did not help either.

But here’s an idea. Since our netas are always cribbing about the lack of housing, why not permanently assign them slots in the very Houses they so proudly represent?