Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel was “whipped” in public at the moment, as a crowd watched and took movies. It occurred to be a ritual for “Govardhan Puja” festivities.
Bhupesh Baghel, 60, is seen in a video holding out his proper arm as a person offers him eight lashes. The Chief Minister later embraces his “attacker”, recognized as Birendra Thakur.
“Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel getting whipped as a part of a ritual on the event of Govardhan Puja in Durg,” mentioned a caption by information company ANI.
The ritual befell at a village referred to as Janjgiri that Mr Baghel reportedly visits yearly. Till final 12 months, it was Birendra Thakur’s father who did the honours, Mr Baghel advised villagers in a speech.
“Now Bharosa Thakur’s son is carrying on this custom. Our forefathers had these candy little traditions which are in style and produce us lots of pleasure…These rituals in villages are meant for the nice of farmers. Additionally they hold us grounded,” the Chief Minister mentioned.
The Chief Minister’s workplace says it’s an annual custom for him to “bear” the whipping as he prays for the nice of the state and the top of all difficulties.
The whip is a particular one that’s believed to carry prosperity and luck, villagers declare.
Mr Baghel is recent out of a disaster when one in all his ministers, TK Singh Deo, challenged his management and insisted that the Congress management had promised him rotational chief minister ship.
A collapse was staved off after each Mr Baghel and Mr Deo met with Rahul Gandhi.