New Delhi: In yet another incident involving misuse of power by a minister, Yogendra Behera, senior party leader of the Biju Janata Dal (BJD), made a personal security officer (PSO) tie his sandal straps in public in Kendujhar.

The incident took place during the Independence Day celebrations on Monday.

The minister was the chief guest in the programme which was held at the district headquarters.

After the local news channels aired the video, the BJD leader defended himself, citing that he was the VIP at the event.

“I am a VIP. I’ve hoisted the flag here. He (PSO) has done that (tied the sandal strap),” he said.

The incident draws criticism from many quarters including opposition parties and civil society members.

There was no comment by the government on the matter.