In an embarrassing development on Sunday, a BJP candidate was greeted with garland of shoes in Dhamnod as he embarked on a campaign trail for civic body polls.
Dhamnod is a town in Dhar district situated around 272 km from state capital Bhopal.
Dinesh Sharma, the BJP candidate for Dhamnod Civic election, was campaigning door-to-door to seek votes for his party when the embarrassing event took place.
“They are one of my own. There must have been something which upset him and he acted like that. We will sit together and talk. I am like their child,” Sharma was quoted by ANI.
In the video, Sharma is seen approaching a group of elders amidst sounds of drums and slogans when an old man approached him with a garland of shoes.
Sharma first hesitated but then allowed them to put the garland of shoes around his neck.
The man who made him wear the garland says he wanted to highlight the acute water problem in the region.
“There’s acute water problem. Had complained about it. Our women went to the then Chairperson to complain but a complaint was registered against them. They were called multiple times to police station even at night. So I did this,” he was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.
The Madhya Pradesh State Election Commission had last month announced elections and byelections in municipal bodies and panchayats. The commission announced elections for 19 civic bodies, including Dhar on January 17.