23 Jan '12, 2pm

Indian minister swears off shoes with laces

Indian minister swears off shoes with laces

NEW DELHI: An Indian minister has vowed to wear only laceless footwear after he was caught by television cameras using a young man to tie up his shoes at a public function. Gauri Shankar Bisen, a minister in the state government of Madhya Pradesh, has apologised and admitted that it was a "mistake" to have the young student work on his shoes as he awaited the start of an event in the state. The student -- who Bisen said was aged 18 -- could later be seen re-tying his laces as the minister talked to dignitaries. "I admit it was my mistake and I am sorry for it," he told reporters, the Press Trust of India reported. "I swear that from now onwards, I will not wear any shoes with laces. I have specially brought from Pune six pairs of shoes without laces," he said. He claimed that doctors had advised him not to bend forward after a recent operation. A video of the incident can ...

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