Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Nishikant Dubey was criticised on social media after a video of a local party worker washing the MP’s feet and drinking the same water went viral on social media. Dubey later defended himself by saying that what the worker did was a ‘customary practice in Jharkhand’ and he did it out of sheer happiness.
The incident, which took place in Jharkhand’s Godda district on Sunday, showed a local BJP worker, Pawan Shah, washing the feet of the MP amid claps and loud cheers of ‘Pawan bhai zindabad’.
Watch the video here:
— ANI (@ANI) September 17, 2018
However, many people were outraged by the act and called out the politician for allowing the party worker to do such a thing. His explanation on Facebook was also met with criticism.
While some commented that the BJP leaders need to discourage such acts by followers, others called the whole episode ‘disgraceful’. Here are some of the reactions on social media:
— ツ Sonal ♡ (@SonalMehra_) September 17, 2018
— Tharun (@tharunboda) September 17, 2018
— Chida Murthy (@chidamn) September 17, 2018
What a shameful act it was. What has happened to people? They are considering a person as God. Shame on people & MP Nishikant Dubey. https://t.co/2vHlTfpbCi
— Kumar Rajnikant (@iRajnikantKumar) September 17, 2018
— Rahul Das (@rahuldas3292) September 17, 2018
Kya ho gya hai in logo ko? https://t.co/1HS2tx576d
— Fateh Singh (@frank_banna) September 17, 2018
BJP leaders need to be careful & discourage such acts by their followers, hope they understand what @narendramodi ji means when he calls himself ‘Pradhan Sevak’. No KINGS in DEMOCRACY. https://t.co/ydkTrhLFGa
— Anjana (@AnjanaPed) September 17, 2018