India's power minister left red-faced after his speech is interrupted by a power cut

India’s minister of state with independent charge for power, coal, new and renewable energy Piyush Goyal (left) at the Times Now-ICIC Bank NRI of the Year Award in Mumbai on April 11.
India’s minister of state with independent charge for power, coal, new and renewable energy Piyush Goyal (left) at the Times Now-ICIC Bank NRI of the Year Award in Mumbai on April 11. PHOTO: TIMES NOW

NEW DELHI (AFP) - India's power minister was left red-faced on Friday (May 20) after the electricity went out during a press conference in New Delhi held to highlight the country's achievements in reducing power cuts.

A video showing Power Minister Piyush Goyal grinning sheepishly after the lights went out, leaving reporters in the dark for several seconds, quickly went viral on Indian social media.

During the press conference, Mr Goyal told reporters that India had achieved a "power surplus from chronic power shortage".

"Irony of ironies: Power cut during Power Minister Piyush Goyal's presser," Twitter user Aashna Harjani posted.

With Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government set to mark two years in office on May 26, several ministries have held press conferences in recent days to talk about their achievements.

Mr Goyal quickly recovered from his initial embarrassment to joke with journalists.

"My wife tells me the power should go out once at every (press conference) that I hold so you can be sure I have miles to go before I rest and sleep," he said.