mp news The Madhya Pradesh government issued a notice to Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan for serving cold tea, seeking an explanation, but it was later withdrawn following criticism from the government on social media.
The incident happened during the brief stay of MP CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan at Khajuraho airport in Chhatarpur district.
During his stay at the Khajuraho airport, the officer was issued a notice seeking an explanation for serving cold and substandard quality tea to the Chief Minister.
Rajnagar Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM) DP Dwivedi said that a show-cause notice has been issued to Rakesh Kanhua, the junior supply officer who arranged for tea and snacks during the Chief Minister’s visit at the airport on Monday.
However, the Congress highlighted the issue on social media and slammed the MP government, asking why there is so much hatred against a tea vendor.
In the notice, the officer has been asked to reply within three days as to why cold and substandard quality tea was served to the CM, failing which disciplinary action would be taken against him.
Sub-Divisional Officer DP Dwivedi said that the notice issued was served to the administrative officers.
However, following outrage on social media over the notice, Chhatarpur District Collector Sandeep GR quashed the notice served by Dwivedi.
Dwivedi clarified that the tea and breakfast hosted by Kanhua was not served to the chief minister as he did not stay at the airport but only changed the plane at the runway.
Chouhan was going to Rewa to campaign for the civic body elections.
“Kanhua was assigned the task of arranging tea and snacks during the chief minister’s transit visit at the Khajuraho airport at 11.30 am on Monday,” Dwivedi said.
He said that it was found that the tea arranged by Kanhua was cold and of substandard quality.
The notice issued by the SDM said, “As per the menu, you were entrusted with the responsibility of arranging tea and snacks, but the quality of tea served to the Chief Minister was substandard and served cold.”
It said this could create an embarrassing situation for the district administration, raising questions about the protocol for VVIPs. The SDM had sought clarification from the Junior Supply Officer in three days.
As the copy of the notice was widely circulated on social media and invited criticism, the District Collector issued an order which said, “The Chief Minister has not commented on the protocol violation, thus giving reasons to the Junior Supply Officer.” Show notice has been issued. This connection has been cancelled”.
On the other hand, Madhya Pradesh Congress spokesperson Narendra Saluja said tauntingly, ‘People may not get ration or ambulance, but the Chief Minister should not get cold tea.