A Madhya Pradesh minister suffers an embarrassing moment on Saturday when she failed to read her speech during a Republic Day 2019 function organised at SAF ground in Gwalior. Women and Child Development Minister Imarti Devi, who couldn’t read out Chief Minister Kamal Nath's message, asked Collector to then complete her speech and read it out aloud at the function. A video shot at the function is now going viral on social media platforms.
The video show 43-year-old Madhya Pradesh minister reading out the message in broken Hindi. A few seconds later, she was heard saying on the dais, "Collector sahab padhenge (Collector will read). Gwalior Collector Bharat Yadav then took over the dais and started reading the message and the minister stood behind him.
Later, when asked about her inability to read the Republic Day message, the minister said she was unwell for the past two days and this was causing her difficulty in reading. She said, “I was sick for the past two days, you can ask the doctor. But it is okay. The collector read it (the speech) properly.”
Madhya Pradesh Minister Imarti Devi: I was sick for the past two days, you can ask the doctor. But it is okay. the collector read it (the speech) properly. pic.twitter.com/JDQGI9WDuR— ANI (@ANI) January 26, 2019
Imarti Devi - who took oath as the minister in Kamal Nath-led Madhya Pradesh cabinet on December 25, 2018 - in her affidavit submitted for the 2018 state Assembly poll, had stated that she had cleared her Higher Secondary Examination in 2009 through open school. She is a Congress lawmaker from Dabra constituency in Gwalior district. Before being appointed as the minister, Devi served as the vice-president of district Youth Congress Committee, from 1997 to 2000. She was also the general secretary of the district Congress committee for a period of seven years between 2002 and 2005.