Congress MLA Taraprasad Bahinipati evoked peals of laughter in the Assembly on Tuesday when he blew a flying kiss to Speaker S N Patro after getting allowed to raise issues faced by his constituency.
Taraprasad Bahinipati left all the members of the Odisha Assembly in splits by offering a flying kiss to Speaker SN Patro. He made it clear, 'I have no intention to insult the Speaker's chair or SN Patro. This gesture has meant to show gratitude towards the Speaker who offered me an opportunity to speak about issues in my constituency’.
“I am indebted to the Speaker for giving me the opportunity among the 147 members of the House to raise the first question,” Bahinipati told reporters outside the Assembly. Among other issues, the MLA drew the government’s attention to the drinking water problems in his constituency.
The lawmaker had last week raised eyebrows when he approached Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on the first day of the winter session and asked, “Apana Khusi Ta? (Sir, Are you happy?)” Patnaik had promptly responded, saying “Mu Bahut Khushi. (I am very happy)” The BJD president, during his election campaigns earlier this year, often asked voters if they were happy.