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Some tough talking

Oh, you may sit down.But prime minister, you’re the prime minister!

india Updated: Jun 29, 2011 23:24 IST

Oh, you may sit down.

But prime minister, you’re the prime minister!

Oh, that's all right. Why such formalities? Come on, ask me questions.

Sir, you think corruption is bad for the country?

I certainly do!

Mr Prime Minister, many bad people trying to destabilise the country are suggesting you are a lameduck PM. Do you have any opinion on this?

Personally speaking, I am not a lameduck PM.

Would you consider the PM coming under the purview of the lokpal?

Personally speaking, I have no hesitation in bringing myself under the purview of lokpal but many of my Cabinet colleagues feel that bringing the institution of PM under it will create instability.

And you are not in favour of instability, are you?

No, I dislike instability.

Do you think Rahul Gandhi is ready to be PM?

Publicly speaking, he can be PM any damn time he wants to! Sorry, I get angry and agitated because I'm my own man and not a lameduck PM.

And privately, sir?

How dare you ask me about my private life! You media have become accuser, prosecutor and judge!

But sir, we love you! [PM is whisked away and editors are left to field questions from TV reporters]

Do say: Did you see us on TV talk to the media about our intense grilling of the PM?

Don’t say: Lameduck.