‘I’m the VIP,’ says Odisha minister after PSO opens his sandal strap

Odisha, Jogendra Behera, Independence Day

Bhubaneswar: In another incident of VIP racism, this time, a cabinet minister from Odisha, Jogendra Behera’s personal security officer (PSO) was seen opening his sandal strap during Independence Day celebration in Keonjhar on Monday, inviting criticism.

Behera was the chief guest at the Independence Day celebration at the district headquarter town and hoisted the tricolour. After unfurling the national flag his PSO was seen opening his sandal strap.


After the local news channels aired the video, the state micro, small and medium enterprises minister said, “I am a VIP. I have hoisted the flag, he (PSO) has not done it.”

The incident and subsequent statement of the minister faced criticism from many quarters including the civil society members.

“A government employee tying shoelaces of the minister shows existence of British rulers’ mindset in Odisha,” said Prahallad Singh, an advocate.

There was no comment by the government on the incident.

Video Courtesy: ANI

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