Odisha MLA lifted by supporters so his shoes ‘don’t get dirty’ on muddy stretch
Last year, Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan was criticised after a photo surfaced in which he was lifted by policemen in a flood-affected area.
Videos of Biju Janata Dal MLA Manas Madkami being carried by his supporters to avoid a muddy stretch and keep his shoes dry and clean were doing the rounds on social media websites on Wednesday.
In the video, the legislator of Maoist-affected Malkangiri district is being carried by his supporters to ride a ferry service in Motu area of the district on Tuesday. The video shows two supporters lifting the MLA, who was wearing a white attire and shoes, to the ferry as they waded through ankle-deep water.
Madkami was reportedly concerned about getting his shoes getting wet.
While alighting from the ferry service, Madkami got onto the back of another supporter and crossed over the stretch of water.
Madkami said the gesture was his supporters’ love and affection. “It was the overwhelming affection of supporters which prompted them to act in such manner. They felt elated while lifting me and crossing the water body,” the MLA said.
He said that he had not forced anybody to lift him for crossing the water body.
However, Nabrangpur MP Balabhadra Majhi, who was accompanying Madkami, walked through the water to visit some panchayats in Motu area in the district.
Last year, Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan was criticised after a photo surfaced in which he was lifted by policemen in a flood-affected area.
(With agency inputs)