The BJP’s defeat in the Karnataka Assembly polls turned Union Finance Minister P. Chidambaram into a ‘TV reporter’ on Wednesday.

The senior Congress leader took the mike from a reporter and held it in front of senior BJP leader Jaswant Singh as he emerged from Parliament.

“Don’t you credit Congress with victory?” he asked Mr. Singh.

In fact, the Minister was being asked questions by reporters on the elections when he saw Mr. Singh coming out. He took the reporter’s mike swiftly and changed role. “He is a gentleman,” Mr. Chidambaram said about Mr. Singh while returning mike to the reporter.

“It is a message to all political parties. The people watch [us] very closely. Whoever forms the government must deliver,” the Minister said. Agreeing with Mr. Chidambaram, Mr. Singh said that people voted for governance and “if you stop governance, people will vote you out.”

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