Congress leader slaps constable, complaint registered

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. She holds the office of All India Congress Committee secretary and, additionally, is AICC in-charge of Punjab. Kumari later apologised to the constable, identified as Asha. She said, "The constable was abusing and pushing me, trying to stop me from entering the party office even after I showed her pass to identify myself. I will not tolerate indiscipline in the party". 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.

"I was pushed, manhandled, threatened with dire consequences", she added.

At a Congress meeting later, Rahul said it was not Congress culture to slap anybody.

A high "slap" drama took place on Friday morning in Himachal Pradesh's Shimla after a Congress MLA was denied entry into the party's office where Congress President Rahul Gandhi was holding a review meeting. In a matter of seconds, Kumari was left bewildered when the said lady constable retaliated, slapping the veteran Congress legislator in return.

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Kumari blamed mismanagement for the incident and accused the constable of misbehaving with her.

Gandhi is here on a day-long visit to Shimla to take feedback from party workers and legislators on reasons for the party's defeat in the assembly polls held on November 9.

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

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