Former Karnataka Chief Minister and Congress leader Siddaramaiah was caught on camera misbehaving with a woman here on Monday.
In a video, Siddaramaiah can be seen furiously snatching a mike, in the process of which her dupatta also fell.
The woman was apparently raising some issue, which agitated the Congress leader.
An infuriated Siddaramaiah then asked the woman to sit down, while the latter keeps on making her argument.
Few second later, when the woman again stands up to speak up; the former chief minister again taps her on the shoulder asking her to sit down.
The incident reportedly occurred during a public meeting at districts’ Varuna area.
Later while commenting on the incident, Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee president Dinesh Gundu Rao said, Siddaramaiah’s actions were “unintentional”.
“Sometimes when people start asking questions in a rough way and after hearing them out when they don’t stop, you want to pull the mic. When pulling the mic the dupatta came along with. There was no such intention,” said Rao.
Later clarifying on the entire episode, Siddaramaiah wrote on twitter,” The incident that happened, when I tried to stop our party worker for taking more time, was an accident. I know that woman for more than 15 years now & she is like my sister.”
Meanwhile, taking cognizance of the news reports on the incident, NCW chairperson Rekha Sharma in a letter to state DGP Neelmani Raju on Monday requested for an investigation and action as per relevant provisions of law.
She has also urged that the commission should be apprised of the developments.
Siddaramaiah who is the former chief minister of Karnataka is currently the leader of Congress Legislative Party (CLP). Congress and JDS alliance are in governance in Karnataka with JDS leader HD Kumaraswamy as the chief minister.