Twitter users mock chief minister ‘lifted’ through floods in Indian state
A SENIOR Indian politician was widely mocked yesterday after photos showed police carrying him through ankle-deep muddy water while inspecting deadly floods in the country’s centre.
Shivraj Singh Chouhan, chief minister of Madhya Pradesh state, was shown wearing crisp white trousers and white shoes and being carried aloft through the water in a field, trailed by his entourage.
The photo of a smiling Mr Chouhan with his arms wrapped around the two officers made newspaper front pages and sparked an outpouring of ridicule on Twitter.
Most comments were light-hearted but some were scathing.
“Shame on #Shivrajsinghchouhan. So embarrassing #wetyourfeet my man,” Twitter user Jennifer Fernandes wrote.
“#Shivraj training Indian athletes for 400m Relay 2020 Olympics,” read another.
But Mr Chouhan was also accused of abusing his position, with comparisons drawn to the treatment of British officials during colonial times in India.
Government officials were quoted as blaming overzealous minders for the incident. Another said Mr Chouhan hurt his foot and there was also concern about snakes in the water.
Mr Chouhan himself posted several pictures of his flood visit on Twittter but skipped the controversial one, while his office denied releasing the image.
Floods triggered by monsoon rains have claimed hundreds of lives across India.
In Madhya Pradesh, at least 15 people have died after rivers burst and flooded villages, the Press Trust of India news agency said. –