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When wives rule: BSP MLA’s better half asks him to ‘sit quietly’ in UP assembly

First-time MLA Anil Singh of BSP said he has had a poor experience in the Uttar Pradesh assembly, and that his wife told him to sit quietly and gather experience.

lucknow Updated: Dec 19, 2017 20:15 IST
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Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath and other members attend the winter session of the UP assembly in Lucknow.(PTI)

The discussion in the Uttar Pradesh assembly was on the menace of stray cattle -- until it strayed into the dangers of marital conversations, evoking much laughter among legislators.

During a question hour debate on the dangers posed by stray cattle, first-time MLA Anil Singh of BSP brought up a conversation he had with his wife even though the topic was completely unrelated.

“My wife asked me about my experience in the House and I told her it was poor,” the MLA said.

Not one to be taken aback by this sudden deviation of the debate, speaker Hriday Narain Dixit asked him about his wife’s reaction to the comment.

“She said, sit quietly and gather experience,” Singh replied, as legislators burst into laughter.

The matter did not stop there, as the speaker in a lighter vein warned Singh of the repercussions of making marital conversations public.

“She will scold you after watching TV (live telecast) on why you stood up,” he said, referring to the fact that Singh’s wife had asked him to keep sitting.

The exchange triggered some more laughter, and some members were seen chuckling well after it was over.

For Singh, however, the matter was not that funny.

“When people of my area admonish me, I will face my wife’s chagrin,” he said.

Singh said he told his wife that debates carried on for hours on “non-issues” while no one was willing to pay heed to important matters.

The discussion soon veered back to the issue of stray cattle.

First Published: Dec 19, 2017 20:15 IST