Puducherry chief minister V Narayanaswamy may be a master of many things but it doesn't seem so with translation. The chief minister found himself in hot soup when he mistranslated a fisherwoman's complaint from Tamil to English, while she attempted to narrate her woes to Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, who is in the Union Territory to campaign for the party ahead of assembly elections.
A video of the interaction since then has gone viral where it shows that the woman was complaining to Gandhi about the government's negligence in the aftermath of cyclone Nivar. According to a transcript of the conversation, the woman said: "....No one is supporting us and the sea has been like this. Take the CM for instance...did he visit us even once during the Cyclone? (Nivar)" Which Narayanaswamy then translated to: "After cyclone Nivar, I visited the area and provided them relief, she is saying that only."
Rahul Gandhi kickstarted Congress' campaign at Solainagar fishing village here on Wednesday. The Union Territory, along with Tamil Nadu, will go to the assembly polls in the next few months.
Puducherry: Cong govt to face floor test on 22nd Feb
The Congress government is going to face a test of strength on Monday, informed Lieutenant Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan, citing the opposition's stand that the ruling party no longer has a majority.
Soundararajan, who yesterday took charge as Lieutenant Governor soon after Kiran Bedi's sudden removal, reportedly called the Chief Minister for a meeting this afternoon and handed over a letter asking him to prove his majority,.
She stated that a floor test was crucial to confirm whether the Congress government still enjoys a majority, with letters from opposition parties suggesting otherwise. The vote has to be completed by 5 pm on Monday.