Video shows man tying Siddaramaiah’s shoelaces, BJP calls him ‘arrogant’
A video of a person tying Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah’s shoelaces at an event in Mysuru ciculated widely on social media, prompting opposition BJP to dub him as “arrogant” and “pseudo-secularist”.Updated: Dec 25, 2016 20:02 IST
A video of a person tying Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah’s shoelaces at an event in Mysuru ciculated widely on social media, prompting opposition BJP to dub him as “arrogant” and “pseudo-secularist”.
The video shows a person bending down to tie the shoelaces of the chief minister while he looked elsewhere.
Reports said the man was Siddaramaiah’s personal assistant (PA) staying at his house in Mysuru, but the CM’s media advisor clarified in a tweet that he was a relative.
“It is hereby clarified that the person tying CM Siddaramaiah’s shoelaces is not his staff, but his relative: Media adviser to Karnataka CM,” the tweet said.
The BJP was quick to react, with state party general secretary CT Ravi dubbing Siddaramaiah as “arrogant” and “pseudo socialist”.
“Arrogance of Pseudo Socialist @CMofKarnataka has no limits. Absolutely disgusting that Siddaramaiah gets his shoes fitted by an assistant,” Ravi tweeted.
In March this year, Siddaramaiah was embroiled in another controversy over an expensive watch gifted to him. He had handed it over to the Speaker in the state assembly and declared it a state asset.
He had written to the Speaker,saying he had paid advance tax for the Hublot Big Bang.301-M watch, claimed to be worth Rs 70 lakh and as chief minister, was following precedents set by his predecessors and declaring it as government asset.
Siddaramaiah had said the watch was presented to him by his Dubai-based NRI friend Dr Girish Chandra Varma in July 2015 at Bengaluru as a personal gift.