In a video that went viral, Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanasamy can be seen wrongly translating a fisherwoman’s complaint in front of Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and turning it into praise for the government.
Accompanied by CM Narayanasamy, Rahul Gandhi interacted with members of the fishermen community in Puducherry on Wednesday. It was during this interaction that a fisherwoman from Solai Nagar complained to the Congress leader that the Chief Minister did not even visit her family in the aftermath of a cyclone.
Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi is currently on a two-day visit to poll-bound Puducherry amid political turmoil in the UT.
The Opposition in Puducherry claims Narayanasamy mistranslated the fisherwoman’s grievance on purpose. According to a transcript of the interaction, the fisherwomen told Rahul Gandhi, “The Sea is like this only. Nobody gave any support. Even him [CM Narayanasamy], did he visit us during cyclone aftermath?"
Puducherry CM Narayanasamy told Rahul Gandhi that the woman said, “During Cyclone Nivar, I [Chief Minister] came and visited the area, I gave her relief. That is what she is telling."
Asked to respond to allegations, Chief Minister Narayanasamy said, “I never misrepresented anything; why are you asking such questions?"
BJP Rajya Sabha MP from Karnataka, Rajeev Chandrasekhar took to Twitter to say, “One more lie from Rahul‘s road trip of lies in #Puducherry; Old lady says you haven’t visited us after Cyclone; Rahuls CM Narayanswamy translates - the lady is saying I visited her during Cyclone n gave relief."
Chief Minister Narayanasamy’s Congress-DMK government fell short of a majority in the 30-member Puducherry Assembly after the resignations of four MLAs earlier this week. In addition, President Ram Nath Kovind on Tuesday relieved Puducherry Lieutenant-Governor Kiran Bedi of her duties and handed the additional charge of the UT to Telangana Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan.
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