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After being snubbed by Rahul Gandhi, Cong MLA apologises for slapping woman constable

During his address at the Congress party meeting later, Rahul said, "I am not happy at it. This is no way. No one has a right to raise hand against someone, at least not the Congress culture. I will not tolerate indiscipline in the party."

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: December 29, 2017 9:32 pm
Congress MLA Asha Kumari slapped lady police constable during Rahul Gandhi’s Shimla Visit on Friday. Express Photo by Pradeep Kumar

After being snubbed by party president Rahul Gandhi, Congress MLA Asha Kumari issued an apology for slapping a woman constable in Shimla. However, she accused the constable of abusing and pushing her. “She( woman constable) abused me and pushed me, she should have shown restrain, I am her mother’s age, but yes I agree I should not have lost my temper. I apologise,” said Kumari.

Rahul Gandhi disapproved the MLA’s action of slapping the woman police constable on duty saying no one has a right to raise hand against someone. “I am not happy at it. This is no way. No one has a right to raise hand against someone, at least not the Congress culture. I will not tolerate indiscipline in the party,” said Gandhi at a Congress party meeting later.

However, the police have booked Kumari for her action. “FIR against Asha Kumari has been lodged under section 332/ 353 of IPC (criminal assault on public servant),” confirmed SP Shimla Soumya Sambavisan.

Earlier in the day, a video of the Congress MLA hitting the woman constable went viral. Kumari allegedly slapped the constable as she was stopped by the police from entering party president Rahul Gandhi’s review meeting in Shimla.

The Congress meeting was to assess the party workers’ performance and review the loss of the party in the recently concluded Himachal Pradesh elections.

Asha Kumari is the All India Congress Committee secretary and AICC in-charge of Punjab and also a member of the Himachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly from Dalhousie.


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  1. Madan Gupta
    Dec 30, 2017 at 3:37 am
    put some hot chili powder in her front parts.
    1. Ashok Major
      Dec 30, 2017 at 1:05 am
      The police ofcourse displays courage in taking prompt action as it involves a Congress MLA and the BJP is in power.It would be nice if they had the same guts to take action against BJP MLAs.Yogi is facing multiple criminal cases and recently UP govt has instructed Gorakhpur authorities to drop some old cases against yogi some other cases where police sought sanction from govt to proceed against Yogi,the govt refused the necessary sanction.Yogi must certainly be enjoying the situation.Some cases will be dropped,in some others sanction will not be given.Who said,no one is above the law!Rahul was prompt in displaying his displeasure at high handedness of Congress MLA,although it is quite possible the costable pushed and abused her as the MLA states.People may not have got the Ache Din promised by BJP,but Ache Din have definitely arrived for Yogi.There will be other Yogi clones in BJP,who will also use their clout to bypass legal action.Think before you vote next time.
      1. Deeptanshu Verma
        Dec 29, 2017 at 9:54 pm
        Way to spin this as an image improvement news for Rahul, Indian Express! Kudos.
        1. Aum shanti
          Dec 29, 2017 at 9:54 pm
          Yes vdo expect unruly beheviour from khangress or ConGress or scamgress or anti NATIONAL Congressmukta bharat is the only solution
          1. Ashok Major
            Dec 30, 2017 at 1:13 am
            Yogi has multiple criminal cases against him in UP.No action being taken ,obviously.How to proceed against sitting CM?In real life there are no Dabangs Gujrat ,BJP just managed to win after PM spent a month canvassing there and pleading for votes ,reminding people that he is son of the soil and how others are insulting him and asking them to help him Gujrat ,the Gujraties helped a fellow gujrati!Will the same scheme work elsewhere? BJP wanted 150 plus.Got 99.They got 15 fewer seats.These are the facts.Seems BJP can't achieve Congress mukt even in Gujrat,Modi's home state!
          2. anupam singhal
            Dec 29, 2017 at 8:02 pm
            for tat
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