Submitted by Rashmi on Mon, 2016-12-26 12:52 Mysuru: Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has come under severe criticism for having his shoelaces tied for him by a person in the public. A two-minute video that shows a man bending down to tie the shoelaces for the chief minister at his office while he looks elsewhere has gone viral. This has prompted Opposition BJP to dub him as ‘arrogant’ and ‘pseudo-secularist.’ Party state party general secretary CT Ravi dubbed Siddaramaiah as ‘arrogant’ and ‘pseudo socialist.’ Arrogance of Pseudo Socialist @CMofKarnataka has no limits. Absolutely disgusting that Siddaramaiah gets his shoes fitted by an assistant. https://t.co/c6LWgJEq3h — C.T.Ravi (@CTRavi_BJP) December 25, 2016 However, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has denied this. He stated that he was not arrogant and the man tying his shoelaces was his relative. I want to clarify that nobody was putting my shoes on. The photo in question was taken while a relative had bent down to look for my shoes. — CM of Karnataka (@CMofKarnataka) December 25, 2016 “It is hereby clarified that the person tying CM Siddaramaiah’s shoelaces is not his staff, but his relative: CM of Karnataka,” the tweet said. In March this year, Siddaramaiah was mired in a controversy over an expensive watch gifted to him. After much hue and cry, he handed it over to the Speaker in the state assembly, declaring it a state asset. He had written to the Speaker, saying he had paid ‘advance tax’ for the HUBLOT BIG BANG.301-M watch, claimed to be worth Rs 70 lakh and as Chief Minister, was following precedents set by his predecessors and declaring it as government asset.