Himachal Pradesh Congress MLA hits woman constable, she slaps back

Facing backlash Congress MLA Asha Kumari apologises for slapping woman constable

Shimla: On Friday, in a shocking incident, a newly elected Congress MLA, from Dalhousie Asha Kumari in Himachal Pradesh, got into an altercation with a female police constable. The "slapgate" happened even as Congress president Rahul Gandhi had reached the office to take stock of the party's defeat in the recent assembly elections in Himachal Pradesh. The Congress MLA, later, apologised for her act.

The 62-year-old leader entered into a heated argument with one of the women constables after she was allegedly pushed. Sources said that since Rahul - an SPG protectee - had already begun the meeting, the police officials posted outside the Congress office in Shimla - the venue of the review meet - were directed to not allow anyone else in. A senior Congress leader told TOI that after seeing the video, Rahul expressed his displeasure and told Kumari that she should not have hit the cop.

Speaking to ANI, constable Rajvanti said, "I was just doing my duty. I am sorry for the incident", Kumari said.

In her complaint, the MLA also stated that she could not file the complaint on Friday itself as she had to attend an important meeting.

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Kumari, 57, was allegedly restricted by the police' from entering the party headquarters after which she took offence and slapped a woman constable.

"Raising hand on anyone is against Congress culture".

According to information, Rahul conducted meeting with District and block President in Shimla.

The BJP wrested power from the Congress, winning close to a two thirds majority with 44 seats in the 68-member Assembly.

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