Gauri Shankar Bisen

January 23, 2012 by staff 

Gauri Shankar Bisen, Stung by shoe-lace tying controversy, Madhya Pradesh minister for cooperatives Gauri Shankar Bisen has vowed to wear only lace-less footwear henceforth. Apologizing for making the young boy to tie his shoelaces, the maverick minister said he is all set to buy six pairs of shoes without laces.

Amid controversy after TV channels aired footage of a boy tying his shoelaces, the minister addressed a press conference at Chhindwara on Sunday and read out a statement regretting his actions and justifying the reasons behind the deed. He also argued that contrary to media claims, the teenaged boy was not a tribal but the son of a family friend and member of the same OBC community as himself.

“Rajeev and Rahul are the sons of Ravi Shankar, a close family friend. The boys came with me to attend the function in Chhindwara. I was sitting on the dais with my shoelaces untied. The boys noticed it and one of them rushed to me and tied the laces,” Gauri Shankar Bisen explained. “The boy knew that I have had a bypass surgery recently and another hernia operation. Doctors have advised me not to bend down too much,” he added.

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