Porika Balram Naik suffered the consequences of his “silent loyalty” to the Congress party. The first-time Member of Parliament from Mahbubadad in Andhra Pradesh took oath as minister of state for social justice and empowerment at Rashtrapati Bhawan on Sunday. Naik, who is understood to have been rewarded for supporting the Congress over the Telangana issue, chose to take the oath in Hindi. But his long silence probably dented his oratory skills, since he stumbled over the words so much that even President Pranab Mukherjee – who is not exactly known for his fluency in Hindi – felt constrained to correct him. That was not all. In his joy, the newly appointed minister forgot to sign his name after being sworn in and an official had to remind him to do so.
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