Odisha: Minister makes PSO open sandal straps, says ‘I’m the VIP’

The PSO bent down to loosen, and subsequently tighten, the straps in the presence of thousands of people, as also TV cameras.

Written by Debabrata Mohanty | Bhubaneswar | Published: August 16, 2016 2:55 am
behera 759 The PSO bends to fix Odisha minister Yogendra Behera’s sandal, in Keonjhar on Monday. Express Photo

In an embarrassment for the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) and the Odisha government, senior party leader and the state’s minister for small and medium enterprises, Yogendra Behera, on Monday asked a personal security officer (PSO) to tie, and  later untie, his sandal straps during a programme to unfurl the national flag in Keonjhar district.

The PSO bent down to loosen, and subsequently tighten, the straps in the presence of thousands of people, as also TV cameras.

Asked about the incident by local reporters, Behera said, “I am the VIP. I have hoisted the flag; he (PSO) has (done that).”

The minister later reasoned that he had a knee problem and it was all right for the PSO to loosen his sandal strap.“He was helping me out,” Behera added.

Calling it a “shameful incident”, Odisha BJP spokesperson Sajjan Sharma, “There is no distinction between government staff and personal staff in the Naveen Patnaik administration. The ministers think…Odisha is their fiefdom.”

In the morning, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had committed a gaffe during his Independence Day address in Bhubaneswar when he referred to famous lawyer Madhusudan Das as a freedom fighter.

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    Chander Pal
    Aug 16, 2016 at 7:30 am
    Of course he is V I P, very inappropriate person. Brains of such pygmies stopped developing long long decades ago. Should'nt we bring back untouchability for such VIPs
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      Maniktripathy
      Aug 16, 2016 at 7:44 am
      No wonder these Pigs will never learn the basic chapter of Humanity....Sack this ba%%tard...
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        Dr M
        Aug 16, 2016 at 5:11 am
        Over-confidence of invincibility, RAVAN style?
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          Purushothaman
          Aug 16, 2016 at 2:15 am
          When monkey get garland in hand they don't know what to do with it?
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            Kedar
            Aug 16, 2016 at 3:42 pm
            Seriously he is not eligible to host, why even even people such s
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