‘It’s Indian culture,’ says E Sreedharan after photos of voters washing their feet go viral


CPI leader Binoy Viswam criticized the technocrat, saying he spoke volumes about the direction in which the BJP was taking the country.

“Metro Man” E Sreedharan, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate of Palakkad for the April 6 elections, was attacked by left-wing parties on Saturday after images of voters washing and touching his feet during his campaign have gone viral on social media.

Sreedharan defended the act, saying voters expressed their respect to him in the traditional Indian manner.

Rajya Sabha’s leader of the Communist Party of India (CPI) and Member of Parliament (MP) Binoy Viswam criticized the technocrat, saying he spoke volumes about the direction in which the BJP was taking the country.

The images circulated widely on social media and showed voters receiving Sreedharan, washing him and touching his feet.

In one photo, a voter was seen kneeling in front of him, while another visual showed women touching his feet.

Asked about the controversy, Sreedharan said the images were clicked on as he was greeted in the traditional Indian fashion.

Criticizing his critics, the 88-year-old candidate said: “This is our Indian tradition. What’s wrong ? They expressed their respect. They didn’t worship me.

Criticizing Sreedharan, Binoy Viswam alleged that the technocrat “glorified” washing your feet.

“He says it is Indian tradition. It is an example of the direction in which the BJP is taking our country, the political system and democratic values,” he told reporters.

The CPI leader said India regards Sreedharan as “a torchbearer of modern technology”, but he changed after entering “BJP and RSS politics prison (Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh)”.

Launching his campaign earlier this week, Sreedharan said the BJP was fighting the polls on the development board.

Congressman Shafi Parambil and CPI (M) CP Pramod are his main rivals in the elections.

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