VIDEO of Indian lawmakers going toe-to-toe in SHOE BRAWL goes viral
The boot battle began after an argument about who would get the credit for a new road at a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) meeting in Northern India, near Nepal. When one of the representatives asked why a certain name was not included on the road's foundation stone, his opponent replied that such questions could be directed to his shoe. He was all too happy to oblige, pulling off his shoe and laying down some blows of footwear fury, all while lacing insults with words unfit for a statesman. The fight then descended into a less-than-impressive bout of mutual slapping.
#WATCH Sant Kabir Nagar: BJP MP Sharad Tripathi and BJP MLA Rakesh Singh exchange blows after an argument broke out over placement of names on a foundation stone of a project pic.twitter.com/gP5RM8DgId— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) March 6, 2019
Footage of the fight quickly started to make the rounds on social media, undoubtedly serving as a serious embarrassment for the BJP’s leader, Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The incident may have even helped set the opposing Indian National Congress off on the right foot ahead of elections in May
The Congress was quick to troll their opponents for their shameful behavior, posting a video of the fight on Twitter which refers to the BJP as “the Bharatiya Joot (shoe) Party” and offering a warning to the audience: “Disclaimer: This act has been performed by experts, please do not attempt this on anyone.”
While the incident was certainly not an advisable PR move, it did seem to provide some with welcome relief from a news cycle otherwise filled with doom and gloom over rising violence between India and neighboring Pakistan.
Surgical Strike - 3— Salman Nizami (@SalmanNizami_) March 6, 2019
BJP MLA, MP's 'Joota' fight! pic.twitter.com/21IzzS7VeQ
“I regret the incident and feel bad about it. What happened was against my normal behavior,” the footwear-wielding warrior told local news source ANI. The BJP’s regional president has summoned both lawmakers and assured he would take disciplinary action that fits the crime.Also on rt.com Air India demands crew repeat ‘hail motherland’ at end of EVERY in-flight announcement
Shoe-bashing is something of a tradition in India and parts of the Arab world, although it is generally used against despised political enemies rather than people from the same party. Feet are considered to be unclean, which is why a blow from a slipper automatically adds insult to injury.
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