Twit­ter users mock chief min­is­ter ‘lifted’ through floods in In­dian state

The Myanmar Times - - World -

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. –

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