Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah rejects claims that he slapped a govt official

A video footage showing Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah slapping a man at an event in Ballari went viral on Saturday.

Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah rejects claims that he slapped a govt official

Bengaluru: A video footage showing Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah slapping a man at an event in Ballari went viral on Saturday.

Intial reports had stated that Siddaramaiah, who was in Ballari to attend Launch Developmental Works at Municipal College Grounds, lost his cool and accidentally raised his hand on Ballari Municipal Corporation Commissioner PG Ramesh.

Hundreds of people had turned up to greet him at the event and somebody accidentally stepped on CM's feet. In a fit of rage he slapped the man who he did not know was a senior bureaucrat, the reports claimed.

Meanwhile, rejecting media reports, Siddaramaiah said he had not slapped any official and some electronic media were carrying out "false" propaganda against him.

In a post on the Chief Minister of Karnataka's official Facebook account, Siddaramaiah said "the news that is being telecast by some media channels that the Chief Minister has slapped an officer at the inauguration of Valmiki Bhavan in Ballari has surprised and saddened me.

"Through this, I would like to inform the people of the state that I have not slapped any officer," the post written in Kannada added.

Clarifying on his part, the government official said the CM was angry at the security staff and not at him. "...it is not me, its security; it's security and not me. I stumbled amidst melee, so the CM told his security not to push, that's all," he said.

(With PTI inputs)