Reporter's Diary: When the kitchen cabinet gave orders to MLAs

Getting away from the scrutiny of one’s wife is something most married men try and do, but this group of legislators learned that it’s not easy to play hooky, and it’s even harder if you are a politician.
Chief Minister O Panneerselvam (Image: Justin George)
Chief Minister O Panneerselvam (Image: Justin George)


Late on Wednesday evening, four former MLAs and a minister met at Marina beach to catch up on the dramatic political happenings in the state. Even as they were engaged in a heated discussion, they kept receiving calls on their mobile phones. Two of them got calls from their wives wanting to know where they were, and why they were not seen on TV giving their opinions, while another got a call from his relative advising him to immediately go to either Poes Garden or Greenways Road so he would be covered by the TV channels. The former MLA was advised, “The news anchors are looking for people to comment on the situation. Go quickly, and you will be on TV for at least five minutes if you talk properly.” 
After putting down the phone, one of the men was heard complaining to his buddies that he was ordered by his wife to, “Stop wasting time on the beach and go to OPS’ house”. Looks like irrespective of who gets the CM seat, several political aspirants are exploiting the massive media interest in the situation for their 15-seconds of fame. — Tharian Mathew, Chennai

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