Lucknow, July 28: Photographs of an uniformed police officer bowing before Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath in Gorakhpur, applying ‘tika’ on his forehead and garlanding him on Friday did rounds on social media, thus, sparking a controversy regarding the “unprofessional” conduct of the officer. The photographs were posted on Facebook by the police officer Praveen Kumar Singh himself, NDTV reported. Also Read - Lockdown 5.0 in UP: Is Yogi Govt Planning to Reopen Malls, Places of Worship Across State?

However, an official posted at the Chief Minister’s office made light of the issue on Saturday. The pictures, which found their way to the social media, kicked off a debate on the “unprofessional” conduct of Circle Officer (CO) Praveen Kumar Singh of Gorakhnath area on ‘Guru Purnima’ that fell on Friday. Also Read - On CM Yogi's Remark on Labourers Returning to Uttar Pradesh, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra's Sharp Retort

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In two pictures, which Praveen Kumar posted on the social media, he is seen applying vermillion on the Chief Minister’s forehead and also garlanding Adityanath. “There is no issue involved. Where is the question of right or wrong?” he asked while maintaining that the pictures only showed a disciple offering respect to a ‘guru’, who is also the Chief Minister,” the official at the CMO said.

He, however, refused to comment when asked if it should not have been down by a uniformed police officer. In the past, police officials picking up footwear of ruling party politician or carrying a purse of a former Chief Minister have come to the fore.

(With inputs from IANS)