Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilizers M.K. Alagiri was stranded in a lift at a commercial complex here following power failure.

The lift was powered by generator supply after about a 20-minute hold-up, enabling Mr. Alagiri to make his exit safely, officials said.

The incident occurred on Monday when Mr. Alagiri, along with a few DMK leaders, went to the complex to attend the marriage of a party functionary’s son.

After the lift got stuck midway due to sudden power failure, a call was made by party functionaries to Tamil Nadu Electricity Board to restore power. Meanwhile, the generator at the complex was put on and the lift became functional.

Local fire and rescue officials said they were not called for action to rescue the Union Minister.