On the Bastille Day, Consul General of France in Puducherry Catherine Suard, Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi and Chief Minister V. Narayanasamy eulogised the existing cooperation between France and India.
Ms. Bedi even extended an invitation for the French nationals and expats to visit Raj Nivas for every Bastille Day. The focus of Ms. Suard and Mr. Narayanasamy remained on the on going projects in Puducherry funded by the French government. Emphasising on further cooperation between India and France, the Chief Minister wanted to see a mini Paris in Puducherry through the Smart City project. He even wished that France win the football World Cup match and said: “We will celebrate if France wins.”
Narayanasamy dons the mantle of a translator
Chief Minister V. Narayanasamy comes across frequent opportunities to turn a translator whenever one speaks in English and another needs a Tamil version. This was evident on the floor of the House, the other day, when Independent MLA from Mahe V. Ramachandran placed before the House a question in English urging the Government to fill vacant posts in the Department of Social Welfare.
As Welfare Minister M. Kandasamy could not understand the question, the Chief Minister translated it into Tamil. Mr. Narayanasamy translated Mr. Kandasamy’s reply in English and this helped Mr. Ramachandran understand the Government’s stand.
The opposition AIADMK leader A. Anbalagan reminded Mr. Narayanasamy that this was the second opportunity for him to act as a translator. On an earlier occasion, the Chief Minister translated the English speech of Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi.
But Mr. Narayanasamy told Mr. Anbalagan that he did the translation not at the request of the Lt. Governor but in response to the request made by the audience. This evoked a peal of laughter from the other MLAs on the floor of the House.
Contributed by S. Senthalir and S. Prasad
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