Lucknow, July 28: A controversy has erupted after a uniformed senior police officer shared his photographs that showed him kneeling down with folded hands in front of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, the head of Gorakhnath Temple, on Guru Purnima.
The pictures, which found their way to the social media, kicked off a debate on the “unprofessional” conduct of Circle Officer (CO) Praveen Kumar Singh of Gorakhnath area on ‘Guru Purnima’ that fell on Friday.
A senior cop in Uttar Pradesh’s Gorakhpur posted a photo of himself and mentioned ‘feeling blessed’ in his Facebook account.
The senior officer was seen taking blessings from Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath in Gorakhpur. In the photograph, the cop kneels down before CM Adityanath with folded hands. In another picture, the cop was seen applying a tilak on the forehead of CM Yogi Adityanath.
However, an official posted at the Chief Minister’s office made light of the issue on Saturday.
Adityanath still is the chief priest of the Gorakshnath Peeth and has represented Gorakhpur Lok Sabha seat five times.
In two pictures, which Praveen Kumar posted on the social media, he is seen applying vermillion on the Chief Minister’s forehead and also garlanding Adityanath.
“There is no issue involved. Where is the question of right or wrong?” he asked while maintaining that the pictures only showed a disciple offering respect to a ‘guru’, who is also the Chief Minister,” the official at the CMO said.
He, however, refused to comment when asked if it should not have been down by a uniformed police officer.
In the past, police officials picking up footwear of ruling party politician or carrying a purse of a former Chief Minister have come to the fore.