Caught-on-camera: Former Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah slaps aide
Senior Congress leader and former Chief Minister of Karnataka, Siddaramaiah, has become the talking point on social media, but for all the wrong reasons. On Wednesday, the 71-year-old lost his cool on an aide outside Mysuru Airport and went ahead and slapped him. The action was recorded on camera and has gone viral, with many slamming the unacceptable behavior of the politician.
Siddaramaiah, known for his quick temper, can be seen addressing media in the video. After talking to the press, he turned to leave. Just then, the aide tried to push a phone into Siddaramaiah's ear, asking him to talk to the person on the other side of the line. Visibly irritated at this, Siddaramaiah slapped the aide, as cameras watched him.
Now, this is not the first time that Siddaramaiah's unruly behavior has been caught on camera. In January, he lost his cool on a party worker from Varuna (the constituency which his son Dr. Yathindra Siddaramaiah represents) after she complained about the lawmaker's absence. Hearing her story, Siddaramaiah shouted at her, snatched her mic, accidentally pulling off her dupatta.
Shockingly, the woman, Jamala was fine with Siddaramaiah's behavior. She said, "He was the best CM. I only told him about some grievances and spoke roughly. I shouldn't have spoken like that to a former a CM. He got angry because I slammed the table."
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Meanwhile, the Karnataka wing of Congress has been fuming since last night after its troubleshooter DK Shivakumar was arrested by Enforcement Directorate (ED), in connection to a money-laundering case. Supporting the former minister, Congress cried political vendetta and said BJP was trying to suppress dissenting voices. Interestingly, Shivakumar was arrested after being grilled at least four times since August 30.
"It is just an attempt to divert the attention from structural failures of the BJP government and also to prevent the voices of dissent. Mr. Shivakumar is also a victim of their vindictive politics," Siddaramaiah said and added his party colleague will come out clean.