Uttar Pradesh's Urban Development Minister Mohammed Azam Khan yesterday lost his cool and walked out of an official meeting after finding top officers missing without any prior notice.
Khan apparently flared up after Special Secretary of the Urban Development department, Vishnu Swaroop Misra, tried to explain that the officials, including Principal Secretary Praveer Kumar, had been summoned by the Chief Secretary, reports Times of India.
"To kya ab mukhya sachiv sarkar se oopar ho gaye? (So, has the Chief Secretary grown bigger than the government)?" Khan said.
When Misra tried to elaborate further, Khan lost his cool. "Chup baithiye ... badtameez kaheen ke (Sit quietly... you disrespectful person)," Khan was quoted as saying in the TOI report as he walked out of the conference hall.
Khan eventually adjourned the meeting.
Later justifying why he lost his temper and calling the IAS officer disrespectful, Khan said he was angry over the growing indiscipline among the officers, reports NDTV.
"We had called for a meeting. It was an important meeting. Officers from all over the state had been called. Chief Secretary should have been present. This was a pre-scheduled meeting. We will not tolerate indiscipline of any kind. That's why that meeting was adjourned," Khan was quoted as saying by NDTV.