Video of man tying Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah’s shoelaces goes viral
However, the Chief Minister's Office reportedly said Siddaramaiah doesn't wear shoes with laces, so he doesn't need any assistance
Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has landed in trouble after a video of a person helping him with his shoes at an event in Mysuru went viral.
The incident is said to have occurred when Siddaramaiah, after paying his last respects, was coming out of the house of veteran Kannada actor Chetan Rama Rao, who died in Mysuru on Saturday.
This prompted scathing opposition attacks and a series of explanations, including one from the Congress leader himself.
The video shows a person bending down apparently tying the shoelaces of the Chief Minister and him looking elsewhere.
[caption id="attachment_339172" align="alignnone" width="650"] A grab of the viral video that shows a man helping Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah with his shoes. Courtesy: NDTV[/caption]
A video tweeted by ANI shows the 68-year-old getting his laces tied and even offering his second leg to the man who was tying his shoelaces.
Media reports on Sunday said the man was Siddaramaiah's Personal Assistant staying at his house in Mysuru. The Congress leader, however, rubbished the claim.
The CM on Sunday tweeted to clear the air about the episode which was being highlighted on TV channels all day. “I want to clarify that nobody was putting my shoelace on. The photo in question was taken while a relative had bent down to look for my shoes,’’ tweeted the CM (@CMofKarnataka) in the evening.
The Chief Minister's Office reportedly said Siddaramaiah doesn't wear shoes with laces, so he doesn't need any assistance.
However, opposition BJP was quick to react, with state party general secretary CT Ravi dubbing Siddaramaiah "arrogant" and "pseudo-socialist".
In March this year, Siddaramaiah had sparked another controversy over an expensive watch worth Rs.70 lakh ‘gifted’ to him and eventually handed it over to the Speaker in the state assembly, declaring it a state asset.
In October 2015, Kerala Speaker N Sakthan had landed in a similar controversy after he was photographed while an aide was helping him remove his sandals during a harvest festival held within the Assembly premises. The photograph was widely shared on social media, where some have even demanded his resignation.
Just like Siddaramaiah now, Sakthan then had said his relative Biju, not an employee, had helped him with his shoes as “doctors had advised him not to bend following an ailment”.