Chandra Bose (34) set a dubious record on Wednesday by sitting on a chief minister's chair for the shortest length of time anywhere in the country.
In doing this, he broke the record of Jagadambika Pal in UP made in 1998.
Despite his efforts, Bose's name will not figure on the list of Kerala chief ministers. Nor does Pal's name among UP CMs, for that matter.
Bose came to see chief minister Oommen Chandy on a personal visit and, on finding the CM's room empty, he made a dash for the chair, giving a slip to the security men and officials positioned there.
Once in, that too "fully powered", he started performing his duty diligently.
Sitting on the revolving chair, he quickly made several calls to his friends and other ministers, who were attending a cabinet meeting.
Coming out of the cabinet meeting, excise minister K Babu was the first to notice the "new chief minister", who was still busy making calls.
He immediately alerted security officials, who overpowered Bose. The din this created drew the attention of Chandy.
"I am the Prime Minister. Give me a day and I will set everything right," the intruder quipped when Chandy questioned him.
After being taken into custody later, he was set free on Chandy's orders.
Mentally deranged, he told the police he came to the CM's office to know about the progress of a memorandum he had submitted last month.
Soon the officials dug out his petition, in which Bose demanded the replacement of all old statues in Thiruvananthapuram with that of Lord Padmanabha, the presiding deity of the city temple where the Supreme Court-appointed panel recently unearthed treasure believed to be worth at least Rs 1 lakh crore.
"It is a minor slip. Please don't make it a big issue," the embarrassed CM said, adding this incident would not lead to curbs on visitors.