In what could be termed a probable first for a member of the Union Cabinet, Finance Minister P. Chidambaram turned television channel reporter briefly outside Parliament on Wednesday, which seemed to be his way of expressing his delight over the Congress Party's poll victory in Karnataka.
Chidambaram, who was responding to a poser from mediapersons on the electoral verdict in Karnataka, took away the mike from a TV reporter and jocularly placed it in front of the senior BJP leader and former union minister Jaswant Singh to ask him what he thought of the result.
"Don't you credit Congress with victory?" he asked.
Chidambaram told mediapersons that result of the Karnataka polls gives a clear message to all political parties that the people watches very closely and very carefully.
"And we have to deliver. A government that does not deliver, lives on rhetoric is not going to be re-elected and the government in Karnataka was such a government. So, this is a lesson to whoever forms the government must deliver on the ground," he added.
Singh appeared to be agreeing with Chidambaram on the issue, and said 'people vote for governance and if you stop governance, people will vote you out'. (ANI)