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Sangram Sahu, the man who got slapped by Chandrasekhar Sahu has stated, "The MP did not slap me but only chided by just touching my cheek just like an elder brother. I have known him since my student days and also joined BJD due to his blessings."

A shocking video from Odisha in which Biju Janata Dal (BJD) MP from Berhampur, Chandrasekhar Sahu is seen slapping a party worker on stage has gone viral on social media.

Chandrasekhar Sahu, the BJD MP from Berhampur landed himself in a controversy after he was caught on camera slapping a young party worker on stage in full public view during a party meeting held in Paralakhemundi of Gajapati district on Tuesday. Sahu slapped Sangram Sahu, former Gajapati District Youth Congress president, who had reportedly attended the meeting to join the ruling BJD.

The young party worker, Sangram Sahu who was ‘slapped’ by MP Chandrasekhar Sahu has, however, given a statement in which he has said that it was not a slap but a ‘gentle touch’.

“The MP did not slap me but only chided by just touching my cheek just like an elder brother. I have known him since my student days and also joined BJD due to his blessings,” clarified Sangram Sahu.

Though the MP received serious backlash for his behaviour, it is still not clear as to why the MP lost his cool on stage which led to the incident. Earlier today, Chandrasekhar Sahu was seen avoiding the media when questioned about his behaviour.

In an earlier incident, BJD MLA Saroj Kumar Meher from Patnagarh had drawn flak when a video of him forcing a junior PWD engineer to do sit-ups in public had gone viral on social media. In a purported video, Meher was seen reprimanding the engineer over alleged shoddy road construction work in his constituency in Belpada block in Bolangir district and asking him to do 100 sit-ups in the middle of the road.

The engineer had later revealed that the MLA had also asked an executive engineer to slap him. The Odisha police had lodged a case against the lawmaker after the engineer’s wife lodged a police complaint against Meher accusing him of publicly humiliating her husband.

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