Chouhan told reporters that he went to the flood-affected area with a "pure heart" and he didn't want to comment or give any clarification on the controversy.
Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan today refused to comment or give any clarification on the flood photo controversy. In an image, Chouhan was seen being carried by his security staff during a visit to a flood-affected area in the state on Sunday. Instead, Chouhan told reporters that he went to the flood-affected area with a “pure heart” and he didn’t want to comment or give any clarification on the controversy.
Chouhan was mocked on social media platforms after the image went viral. The incident was also reported by media all over the world, including the BBC and The Dawn of Pakistan. Though this one photo of Chouhan went viral, several images showing him walking through water and mud in flood-affected areas were shared on Twitter by the official handle of CMO, Madhya Pradesh.
The picture was issued yesterday by the State Public Relations department after his visit to the rain-ravaged district but was later withdrawn.
MP Congress chief Arun Yadav said Chouhan’s “photo-stunt” for cheap publicity had backfired but Principal Secretary S K Mishra contended that the Chief Minister was a ‘Z’ security protectee and the security personnel had to ensure that he is not bitten by any poisonous animal in the flood waters.
“Chouhan in a bid to garner cheap publicity has indulged in this photo stunt. Instead of mitigating the problems of flood-hit people in Panna and other parts, the Chief Minister has himself become a problem for people (security personnel),” Congress leader Arun Yadav said.
(With PTI inputs)