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KBC: Chhattisgarh CM sends notice to senior officers for dancing with Big B

MUMBAI: Chhattisgarh chief minister Raman Singh has given a written reprimand notice against two senior officers of the state for dancing with Amitabh Bachchan on stage in the popular reality show ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati’ (KBC).

As per a report in the Indian Express, additional chief secretary M K Rout and joint secretary and the longest-serving OSD (officer on special duty) to the CM Vikram Sisodia got on the stage and broke into a dance with Bachchan, reportedly to the song ‘Mere angane mein tumhara kya kaam hai’.

Rout heads the important departments of Panchayat, Rural and Labour, while Sisodia is also the vice-president of the Chhattisgarh Olympic Association and president of the Chhattisgarh Tennis Association.

The incident is stated to have happened recently, when a special episode of KBC was being shot in front of a live audience in the city of Raipur. As part of its promotional activities, KBC is engaging in four mega ground events, wherein it will shoot an entire episode with the actor in front of a live audience to be showcased on air at a later date. The first of these was the grand premiere shot in Surat while the second was in Raipur.

As per a recording of the TV show, the two officers and their wives were occupying prime seats, courtesy VIP passes.

The two officers were last week served the written reprimand notice for ‘behaviour unbecoming of an officer’ by Chief Secretary Vivek Dhand, on the orders of the CM. The notice warned them against such behaviour in public in the future, states the report.

IE further states that someone complained to Raman Singh about their behaviour. It quotes an officer saying, “It’s not about dancing on stage. It’s the way officers conduct themselves. They must maintain decorum and should not be seen jumping queues and joining the public to dance.”

Rout and Sisodia denied having any information about the notice, but did not deny having danced with the Bollywood superstar on the stage.

As per media reports, the CM had himself courted Bachchan in Raipur, with the state machinery ensuring that Singh’s house was the first halt of the star in the city. Bachchan then visited several forthcoming projects, after which the state government announced that the actor had agreed to lend his voice to the state’s promotion.