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Lights turned off to cut Imran short’

Be it a sports event or literary meet,power cuts have now become a common occurrence in Kolkata. Four months ago Lionel Messi experienced it at the Salt Lake Stadium

Written by Express News Service | Kolkata |
January 31, 2012 1:37:27 am

Be it a sports event or literary meet,power cuts have now become a common occurrence in Kolkata. Four months ago Lionel Messi experienced it at the Salt Lake Stadium and on Monday,at the 36th Kolkata Book Fair,Imran Khan had to end his session abruptly due to power failure at the auditorium.

This time,however,it was not a technical snag. Rather, the organisers of the Book Fair,Publishers and Booksellers Guild,did it deliberately to end the session.

There was no apology from the organisers. The covenor of the Guild,Raju Barman tried to justify the act. “We turned off the lights deliberately. The session was supposed to end at 5.15pm but it was going on. It was close to 6 pm and the speakers for the next event were waiting. We did it basically to help Imran and we explained the whole thing to him. He was very supportive,” Barman told The Indian Express.

The cricketer-turned-politician took the snub in his stride and left the podium amid thunderous applause.

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In his talk,the 59-year-old touched upon political issues. “Third world is third world only due to corruption. We have resources. But the ruling elites in Pakistan have used their power for personal gains…the rich became richer and the poor,poorer. But now the new generation wants a change. The have understood that corruption is pegging them back and that is the reason why I am confident of sweeping the next elections,” said the founder leader of Tehreek-e-Insaf.

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