Indian politicians are behaving exceptionally badly, this week.
After Union Minister Kiren Rijiju forced passengers to deplane so that he could get a seat on an Air India flight in Leh, DMK leader M.K. Stalin, son of former Chief Minister M Karunanidhi, has been caught on video slapping a passenger while traveling in the Chennai Metro on Wednesday.
NewsCrunch reported that the passenger was a DMK supporter who got too close to Stalin.
Stalin has denied slapping the passenger.
"The man was blocking the way and stepped on people's feet. I was directing him to an emptier space but didn't mean to slap him. Jayalalithaa didn't attend the opening of Metro rail project. So, to divert people from that, she is accusing me of slapping a passenger," the DMK leader said.
"The man was party cadre who accompanied me on the trip. I asked him to move and while waving my hand it touched his face by mistake," he said.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa has condemned the slap. "Stalin's behavior doesn't augur well as an MLA. All are equal in public places. Nobody is inferior. Stalin should maintain dignity," she said in a statement, NDTV reported.
Stalin's former colleague, Khushbu, who is currently the Congress spokesperson, defended him by suggesting that it was "just a flick to the cheek."
"It is not a slap. It's just a flick on the cheek. Only a portion of the video is being circulated and has gone viral. It is a conspiracy to spoil the image of Stalin. He never reacts like that unless he is pushed," she said on NDTV.
Slap or flick? Tell us after watching this video.