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New Delhi: Former Union Minister V Narayanasamy found himself in a fix after videos and images showing him holding slippers to enable Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi wear them in flood-hit Puducherry went viral on Tuesday.

Narayanasamy later sought to clear the air on the issue saying that he did that out of courtesy to help his party top leader wade through a flooded street in the Union Territory.

Gandhi was in Puducherry and Tamil Nadu on Tuesday to tour flood-hit regions where he was accompanied by regional Congress leaders, including Narayanasamy.

A video that is doing the rounds of social media shows Narayanasamy – slightly bent – and holding a pair of slippers for Gandhi so that he could put them on.

It was reported that the former Union Minister of State during UPA-II was allegedly holding Gandhi’s slippers.

”It was not Rahul Gandhi’s slippers, it was mine and I was holding it for him to wear out of courtesy so that he could walk through a flooded neighbourhood,” Narayanasamy said.

“Rahulji was wearing shoes and he had to remove it as the street was flooded. As he got ready to walk barefoot, I offered mine as the flooded street had thorns and rough stones,” he said, adding that “I followed Rahulji by wearing another pair of slippers given to me by a party worker.”

(With inputs from agencies)

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Reacting to the development, Rahul Gandhi tweeted: "When the scales of justice are tampered with, anarchy reigns."

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Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Sunday charged Prime Minister Narendra Modi with destroying key institutions to cover up the “Rafale scam” following reports of Supreme Court judge A.K. Sikri, who sided with the government to remove CBI Director Alok Verma, being nominated to the Commonwealth Tribunal.

According to sources, Justice Sikri was nominated by the Modi government to the prestigious post of President/ Member of the London-based Commonwealth Secretariat Arbitral Tribunal (CSAT).

CSAT is the final adjudicator of disputes arising out of contracts entered into by or on behalf of the Commonwealth Secretariat. After reports of his nomination emerged, Justice Sikri declined his “consent” for the post.

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Reacting to the development, Rahul Gandhi tweeted: “When the scales of justice are tampered with, anarchy reigns.”

“This Prime Minister will stop at nothing, stoop to anything and destroy everything, to cover up the Rafale Scam. He’s driven by fear. It’s this fear that is making him corrupt and destroy key institutions,” said Gandhi tagging a media report about the post-retirement offer to the Supreme Court judge.

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Sikri was part of the Selection Committee including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Leader of Congress in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge that on Thursday decided 2:1 to remove CBI chief Verma from the post. Kharge gave a dissenting note and opposed Verma’s ouster. (IANS)