Musical chairs

K V Thomas and Jairam Ramesh got caught in a game of musical chairs.

Published:October 18, 2013 12:35 am

During a joint press conference related to the newly enacted food security legislation and MGNREGA,Union ministers K V Thomas and Jairam Ramesh got caught in a game of musical chairs. Both ministers had to keep shifting chairs each time they spoke since all television mikes were placed only in front of one chair. In fact,they had to do this a multiple number of times,particularly during the question-answer session,since questions were being directed to both ministers,alternatively. Incidentally,before the press conference began and in a rather rare sight,the ministers refused to sit on the main chair first and kept insisting the other sit there instead.

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