Shivraj Singh Chouhan, the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, visited flood-affected families in Satna on Saturday evening and continued with his tour to Rewa and Panna on Sunday.
On Sunday, Chouhan took to Twitter to share photographs of himself visiting the flood-hit families.
Photos of Chouhan braving floodwaters to visit those in distress were meant to project him as a hardworking CM who takes the trouble to assess a situation at the ground level. What could possibly go wrong?
पन्ना के बाढ़ प्रभावित क्षेत्रों का दौरा किया। गढ़ोखर,कमताना,सिंघोरा सहित कई गाँवों के बाढ़ पीड़ितों को सांत्वना दी। pic.twitter.com/7Sd9vszpbh
— ShivrajSingh Chouhan (@ChouhanShivraj) August 21, 2016
Well, what triggered the social media avalanche was a photo, shared by ANI, that showed two security personnel carrying Chouhan across the ankle-deep water.
Panna: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan visits flood affected areas in the state. pic.twitter.com/Q4HcBuEyOJ
— ANI (@ANI_news) August 21, 2016
According to an NDTV report, government officials said that Chouhan had to opt for this unusual mode of transport because they could not risk the CM getting hurt or being bitten by snakes.
Meanwhile, the Hindustan Times reported that another government officer had claimed that Chouhan was carried because he had hit his foot on a hard object in the mud and was having trouble walking.
Naturally, Chouhan received a lot of flak on social media.
@ANI_news Its not good for a CM to travel on the shoulders of the security/police people. Please show humanity.If you walk in water, good.
— KUPPACHI RAVI (@KUPPACHIRAVI) August 21, 2016
Aaaand, he became a never-ending meme.
— Nitin Srivastava (@TweetNitinS) August 22, 2016
Chief Minister of MP doing ariel survey of flood hit areas after civil aviation ministry denied chopper.(2016) pic.twitter.com/bBLzGnXxxI
— History of India (@RealHistoryPic) August 21, 2016
दिल्ली, गोवा, पंजाब, गुजरात के बाद मध्यप्रदेश का बोझ उठाते श्री अरविंद केजरीवाल ।
— PhD in Bak*****☔ (@Atheist_Krishna) August 21, 2016
Aerial survey of floods being done by CM, Shivraj Singh Chouhan Ji in J class seat!!! See it to believe it: pic.twitter.com/4tfWfTjaRd
— Randeep S Surjewala (@rssurjewala) August 21, 2016
Jesus could walk on water.
Moses could part the water.
Shivraj Singh Chouhan can do both. pic.twitter.com/cUXVDWn60s
— Sorabh Pant (@hankypanty) August 22, 2016
Never change, Internet.
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