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Tuesday, December 14, 2004

Cricket in parliament

Navjot Singh Sidhu is making waves in the Indian parliament. The Times of India reports that Sidhu, “in a smart light suit”, was in his elements during the latest Lok Sabha session, asking questions about the highway project between Amritsar and Jalandhar. He unleashed a nice little Sidhuism at the surface transport minister, TR Baalu: “The government must first get its facts right and then distort them.” The speaker, Somnath Chatterjee, fawning over Sidhu by all accounts, asked that Baalu be given time to reply. “Let him digest the answer,” he said. Baalu duly digested, and said, “I always admired his batting when he played for India.” When Sidhu wanted to add a rejoinder to Baalu’s answer, Chatterjee told him: “I am giving in to your sportsmanship. But this should not be a precedent.”

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