KEONJHAR (ODISHA): A video showing a man carrying shoes of Minister for Commerce and Transport Padmanabha Behera during flag hoisting on Republic Day has sparked widespread outrage, putting the leader in an embarrassing situation.
In the viral video shot on Sunday, the unidentified man can be seen holding Behera's shoes at the district headquarters in Keonjhar. The minister had reportedly taken off his shoes while unfurling the national flag.
When India was celebrating the anniversary of its historic march towards democracy, #Odisha Minister, Padmanabha Behera brought disgrace to the country by forcing a person to carry his shoes. Such acts have no place in India, CM should set an example by taking action against him. pic.twitter.com/mtaNDgmzP8— Niranjan Patnaik (@NPatnaikOdisha) January 27, 2020
The man was seen placing the shoes near Behera after the Minister hoisted the national flag.
The Minister, however, refuted the allegations. “As a mark of respect, I had taken off my shoes while hoisting the National Flag. Nobody was carrying my shoes,” he said.