Madhya Pradesh Cooperative Minister Gauri Shankar Bisen, who was sharply criticized by other politicians after the boy was seen tying his shoes in a televised incident, said he was unable to tie his own shoes at the Khamra function Friday due to a recent bypass surgery, the Press Trust of India reported Monday.
"I swear that from now onwards, I will not wear any shoes with laces. I have specially brought from Pune six pairs of shoes without laces," Bisen said Sunday.
The official said the teenager who tied his shoes was not a tribal boy, as his critics allege, but rather an 18-year-old son of a family friend, The Times of India reported.
"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,'' Bisen said. "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."
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