Vol. 6 | Issue 8 | November 2012
marks & remarks
Mausam for motherhood
refuses cabinet berth
MPs and Ministers and other probables waited for a telephone call from the Cabinet Secretary asking them to come for the swearing-in on Sunday morning at Rashtrapati Bhawan. The first call went to the pretty and soft spoken Mausam Noor, the MP from Malda in West Bengal. But much to the shock and horror of the person speaking to her, she declined the invitation to be a minister. She said she was pregnant and not in a position to become a minister at this stage. She recommended that her mamu A H Khan Chaudhary, the brother of Barkat Ghani Khan Chaudhary should instead be made a minister in her place. This is probably the first example of an MP sacrificing a berth in the council of ministers for motherhood. It’s a lesson to many of our senior and greedy ministers who want more, more and still more.