Odisha: BJD MLA Saroj Kumar Meher forced a PWD engineer to do 100 sit-ups in public in Belpada, Bolangir. The newly elected legislature threatened the engineer with severe consequences if he refused to follow his orders. The legislature forced the engineer to do sit-ups for the poor quality of work in the area.
Meher claimed that he took the action as angry public could have harmed the engineer if he did not do anything.
“I am sorry for the incident. But, I was compelled to ask the engineer to do sit-ups in the wake of public resentment… People were angry over the poor quality of road construction and they could have harmed the engineer if I did not ask him to do sit-ups,” Meher told reporters in Bolangir.