Calling Union Home Secretary Amit Shah his ‘guru’, Telangana BJP President Bandi Sanjay Kumar on Monday defended wearing his shoes during a show here.
Facing criticism from the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) and the Congress party, Sanjay said there was nothing wrong with what he did as giving shoes to the elderly out of respect for them is part of Indian traditions.
He criticized TRS and Congress leaders for calling his action “slavery.”
The BJP leader took to Twitter to defend his action after he was trolled by TRS leaders and Congress.
Video clips showing Sanjay wearing Amit Shah’s shoes during his visit to a temple in Secunderabad have gone viral.
The parliamentarian collected Shah’s shoes and set them aside as the union home minister arrived at the Ujjaini Mahankali temple.
As Shah left the temple after the prayers, Sanjay was once again seen running to fetch his shoes.
Sanjay said that since Amit Shah is ‘the elder and guru of our family and I am younger to him, I wore his shoes.’
The BJP leader reacted harshly to the TRS criticism and alleged that the KCR Chief Minister’s family has a habit of touching their feet when necessary and then pulling the rug out from under them.
Earlier, TRS and Congress party leaders called Sanjay a “slave” of the leaders of Delhi and Gujarat and called for safeguarding Telangana’s self-respect.
Acting TRS Chairman KT Rama Rao tweeted that the people of Telangana are watching “Gujarati slaves wearing Delhi shoes and also the leader fighting Delhi leaders.”
Rama Rao, who is Minister of State and son of Chief Minister KCR, stated that all sections of the Telangana society are ready to reject those who insulted Telangana’s self-respect and to protect Telangana’s self-esteem.