Odisha cabinet minister Jogendra Behera faced criticism from different quarters after his personal security officer (PSO) was seen tying his shoelaces during Independence Day celebration in Keonjhar on Sunday.
Behera was the chief guest in the Independence Day celebration at the district headquarter town of Keonjhar and hoisted the tricolour. After unfurling the national flag his PSO was seen tying his shoelaces.
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After the local news channels aired the video, the state Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises minister said, "I am a VIP. I have hoisted the flag, he (PSO) has not done it."
I am a VIP. I've hoisted the flag here; he (PSO) has done that (tied the sandal strap): Odisha Min. Yogendra Behera pic.twitter.com/elrldh7NlJ— ANI (@ANI_news) August 16, 2016
The incident and subsequent statement of the minister faced criticism from many quarters including the civil society members.
"A government employee tying shoelaces of the minister shows existence of British rulers' mindset in Odisha," said Prahallad Singh, an advocate.
Even Twitter was unsparing of the minister:
@ndtv This Odisha Minister self proclaiming VIP must be a VERY InDescent & Insane perrsonality.— harrypotter (@wiz_harrypotter) August 16, 2016
@ndtv Will Biju Janata Dal dismiss this arrogant VIP ? & if not from this party, Odisha Govt shall take stern action.— Dr Nalam Seetaramji (@NalamDr) August 16, 2016
There was no comment by the government on the incident.
(Feature image source: Twitter | @ANI_news)