Outrage as Indian politician demands to be carried through ANKLE DEEP water while inspecting floods that have killed hundreds
A TOP Indian politician has been mercilessly mocked on Twitter – after he was carried through ankle deep water to inspect the devastation caused by deadly floods which have killed HUNDREDS.
Shivraj Singh Chouhan, chief minister of Madhya Pradesh state in India, was shown wearing crisp white trousers and white shoes and being carried aloft through the water in a field, trailed by his entourage.
The smiling image of the politician with his arms wrapped around two officers has even made newspaper front pages in the country which has recently been hit by monsoon rains that have claimed hundreds of lives.
While many comments have been light-hearted others slammed the minister claiming he was abusing his position – even comparing him to the treatment of British officials during colonial times.
Twitter user Jennifer Fernandes wrote: “Shame on #Shivrajsinghchouhan. So embarrassing #wetyourfeet my man.”
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Another wrote: “#Shivraj training Indian athletes for 400M Relay 2020 Olympics.”
According to MailOnline a top government public relations officer defended Chouhan, saying it would have been dangerous for him to wade through the waters himself.
S.K. Mishra told the publication: “Nobody knew if the water level would rise suddenly or if the ground below was slippery.
“There was also the danger of a snake or scorpion bite. He was desperate to meet the flood-affected people and the security guys could not have taken any chance.”
In Madhya Pradesh at least 15 people have died after rivers burst and flooded villages, the Press Trust of India news agency said.
Chouhan himself posted several pictures of his flood visit on Twittter but skipped the controversial one, while his office denied releasing the image.
An Indian TV journalist was sacked in 2013 after he filed a report about deadly floods while perched on a survivor’s shoulders.
The reporter claimed the man who carried him while standing in ankle-high water had hoisted him onto his shoulders as a sign of respect.
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