A Telangana IAS officer’s motion of touching Chief Minister Okay Chandrashekhar Rao’s ft at a perform has are available in for extreme criticism, each from social media customers and opposition leaders. Siddipet District Collector Venkatram Reddy sought to minimize the incident, a video of which is doing the rounds on social media, citing the state’s “culture” and “Father’s Day”.
The officer made his gesture yesterday when the Chief Minister inaugurated a number of authorities places of work in Siddipet, together with the Collector’s. Following a conventional puja, Mr Reddy took his official seat and, shortly after, bowed down and touched Mr Rao’s ft to take Mr Rao’s blessings. He additionally paid his respects to Telangana Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar however did not contact his ft and solely bowed a little bit.
With the video of the act gaining foreign money on social media and following extreme trolling, Mr Reddy issued a press release on Sunday evening.
“It is part of Telangana’s culture to take the blessings of elders during auspicious occasions. I took the blessings of the Chief Minister who is like a fatherly figure to me when I was taking charge in the new collectorate,” he mentioned within the assertion.
Requesting to not “make an issue” out of it, Mr Reddy additionally mentioned Father’s Day was additionally being celebrated yesterday.
The Telangana opposition, nonetheless, was not amused.
BJP spokesperson Okay Krishna Saagar Rao mentioned Mr Rao’s appeasement of the paperwork gave the impression to be working. He additionally cited the federal government’s allotment of high-priced SUVs to Additional Collectors just lately.
“Antics like these are unbecoming of a senior administrative officer. They lower the dignity, integrity, and independence of IAS officers to execute their roles,” mentioned the state BJP spokesperson, suggesting that officers give attention to their govt roles as an alternative of turning into sycophants of political bosses.
Congress spokesperson Sravan Dasoju mentioned the Siddipet Collector bowing earlier than the Chief Minister was “obnoxious” and “unacceptable”. The incident signifies there may be solely anarchy and dictatorial rule in Telangana, he mentioned.