10/09/2015 5:23 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST

BJP MLA Who Made His Security Officer Give Him Piggyback Ride Across Stream Says 'He Is Hired To Help Him'

The picture of a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader who made his Personal Security Officer carry him across a stream on his back three months ago has resurfaced, causing much outrage after a news agency tweeted it out on Thursday.

Jammu BJP MLA Krishan Lal was questioned about the incident today and defended himself by saying that his security officer was "hired to help him".

"He is my PSO, he was hired to help me, right? Who else will help me?" Lal told ANI.

He also rubbished allegations of misusing his powers.

"I was fulfilling my responsibility by going to a young boy's pyre, who was killed in the ceasefire violation. The PSO himself offered to lift me on his back. I was just fulfilling my job," he said.

Contact HuffPost India