Veteran Congress lawmaker holds chappals for Rahul Gandhi in Puducherry

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chennai
  • Updated: Dec 09, 2015 17:27 IST
Veteran Congress lawmaker V Narayansamy was seen holding a pair of slippers for Rahul Gandhi during the Congress vice president’s recent visit to Puducherry, an incident being lambasted as an example of the culture of sycophancy within the party. (PTI Photo)

Congress lawmaker V Narayansamy played the true ‘foot soldier’ of the party when his boss, party vice-president Rahul Gandhi, came visiting flood victims in his constituency Puducherry.

The former union minister was seen in a video holding a pair of slippers for Gandhi when he removed his shoes to walk through the slush and mud.

In the video, Gandhi was not seen objecting as the 68-year-old MP stooped low to give him the slippers.

Screengrabs of the incident from Tuesday went viral, with critics on Twitter calling it a shining example of the culture of sycophancy in the Congress.

The veteran MP, however, brushed aside the barbs, saying he was only offering his own slippers to the young Congress leader so that his feet do not get dirty.

“As a courtesy I offered my chappals as Mr Rahul Gandhi removed his shoes to walk barefoot in the water...Rahul carried his shoes throughout and he didn’t even let his security personnel carry them for him,” NDTV quoted him as saying.

Another Congress leader present nearby in turn offered his slippers to the Puducherry MP.

Narayanasamy was the minister of state with the prime ministers office, and was the Manmohan Singh government’s face in many television debates.

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