BENGALURU: Do you have the ‘meter’ to bunk office? You could well ask what it means. One resident of Mandya too appears to be confounded by the recent use of the slang ‘meter’ by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah. He did not pore over the dictionary to find out the meaning. Instead, he shot off an RTI (Right to Information) application.
During a door-to-door campaign in Bengaluru on September 23, the Chief Minister used the slang to mock at BJP state president B S Yeddyurappa.Siddaramaiah had said that Yeddyurappa lacked the courage (meter illa) to talk to the Prime Minister about waiving of farmers’ loans from nationalised banks.
This became a bit of a controversy after the BJP took offence at the use of the phrase and had attacked Siddaramaiah saying it was unbecoming of him to make such remarks.
However, C T Manjunath from Mandya seemed rather tickled by Siddaramaiah’s ‘meter’ and wanted to know its meaning. In his RTI application, Manjunath has asked the Chief Minister to draw a “neat anatomical diagram” identifying the meter in a human body.The RTI application filed by Manjunath states: “I have learnt about the structure and use of brain, heart, lungs and kidneys in the human body. However, many students of biology, including me, are keen to learn about this organ (meter). Therefore, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah should draw a neat diagram and identify where it is.”
The query dated September 25 was addressed to the Chief Minister’s office via the Deputy Commissioner’s office in Mandya.When contacted, Mandya Deputy Commissioner N Manjushree said all applications addressed to the Chief Minister’s office are processed by the district information officer, who then forwards them to the office concerned.