It was a different sort of “aerial survey” conducted by Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, who was carried over ankle-deep water over by policemen and officials in the Panna district of the state on Sunday.
Chouhan was undertaking an inspection of flood-hit districts in the state, where there have been fifteen deaths in rain-related mishaps over the past couple of days.
The image shows the chief minister sitting on a make-shift chair created by two policemen, with Chouhan wrapping his arms around their shoulders for additional support. He managed to keep his shoes dry even as the police officials and other officials waded through a stream.
NDTV quoted unnamed sources in the government as saying that the district collector and policemen “couldn’t risk getting the chief minister hurt or being bitten snakes” due to which they had insisted on carrying him.
Oh and it doesn’t end there. One more picture emerged around the same time where the chief minister is seen walking barefooted on a muddy surface with a security personnel carrying his shoes for him. Because he had to keep his pants from getting muddied.
A senior officer in the chief minister’s office speaking to Hindustan Times said Chouhan had trouble walking after his foot hit a hard object in the mud. The chief minister had reportedly insisted that he would carry his own footwear by the security personnel carried it anyway.
Twitter was unsparing of Chouhan, who was at the receiving of some serious trolling:
After not so great performance in Olympics, MP CM is coaching his men for in-water weightlifting for 2020 Olympics pic.twitter.com/U93BsgCicn— Rahul Raj (@bhak_sala) August 21, 2016
Apparently MP CM Shivraj Chauhan moved from Jeetendra moment to Nargis pose— Madhavan Narayanan (@madversity) August 21, 2016
We congratulate Shivraj Ji for able to keep the shoe dry in such floods. 😀 pic.twitter.com/PcaRCjKdbJ— Nationalist Monk (@kendentshering) August 22, 2016
Floods visit Shivraj Chouhan affected areas pic.twitter.com/mWYYNZnBF8— IndiaExplained (@IndiaExplained) August 22, 2016
Aerial survey of floods being done by CM, Shivraj Singh Chouhan Ji in J class seat!!! See it to believe it: pic.twitter.com/4tfWfTjaRd— Randeep S Surjewala (@rssurjewala) August 21, 2016
Shivraj Chauhan deserves to be thrown in the river for wearing white pants with sports shoes. pic.twitter.com/EqE0IYMc6Z— Lame Monk (Medal✌) (@oldschoolmonk) August 21, 2016
MP CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan: “Chalo floods dekhne jaate hain!”*arrives*”Guys, yeh mera favourite white pant hai.” pic.twitter.com/ojFk9nOvRw— José Covaco (@HoeZaay) August 21, 2016
@ANI_news why is CM being carried in less than one ft water ? One cop wearing a life jacket ! How silly can u get— Jai Oberoi (@jaisheel) August 21, 2016
Return of British Raj in MP!CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan crossing a small water body while inspecting flood hit areas! pic.twitter.com/rsGMNAwFEq— Neeta Sharma (@NEETAS11) August 21, 2016
(Feature image source: Twitter)