Tamil Nadu Assembly today witnessed lighter moments in contrast to heated exchanges, witnessed often, when Fisheries Minister D Jayakumar assured the House that he would arrange for a fish feast for members.
During the question hour, Radhapuram MLA I S Inbadurai sought for cold storage facility in Idinthakarai, saying the fish of the coastal village was the "most tasty" in the whole of Tamil Nadu.
He said a cold storage facility would help fishermen improve their livelihood and also open up window for exports.
Speaker P Dhanapal told Inbadurai that since he was saying that the fish was very tasty, he should get it for the members.
Replying, Jayakumar, who is also the Finance Minister, said he would arrange for it on the day when Demand for Grant to Fisheries was taken up. "Be it raw fish, fish curry or roast or whatever, members will be given that," he said amid all round laughter.
To the MLA's plea for a cold-storage, he said it could be set up with private participation. The government would take steps and support it, he said and noted that already there were fish processing parks in places including Kanyakumari.
Inbadurai thanked Jayakumar for assuring "fish feast" and reiterated the demand for cold-storage.
Similarly, while answering Gudalur MLA (DMK) M Thiravidamani, Forest Minister Dindigul C Sreenivsan pointing to DMK deputy leader Duraimurugan said "he (Duraimurugan) knows everything, however he will pose questions as if he was not aware of things," which led to laughter in the House.