Congress men in Mysore went on a rampage at a private auditorium on Sunday after a renowned comedy artiste Master Hirannaiah allegedly made fun of Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah in the course of a programme where the actor was being awarded for his contribution to theatre art.
Congress workers and supporters of the Chief Minister took strong exception to some risqué comments made by Hirannaiah, who holds a record in Karnataka for the number of stage performances.
In the course of the event, following the comment by the comedy artiste against Congress leaders, including Siddaramaiah and AICC president Sonia Gandhi, a handful of Congress workers stormed the stage frightening away the women and elderly men who were on dais before destroying the chairs, tables and other paraphernalia that was set up on the stage for the programme.
The Congress workers were identified as supporters of the Krishnaraja constituency MLA M K Somashekar. The vandals stormed the stage, broke furniture and warned the artistes and organisers of the event at the Nadhabrahma Sangeetha Sabha on JLB Road. The 70-year-old artiste, taken aback by the turn of events, expressed his apologies at the venue saying his remarks were due to an inadvertent slip of the tongue. He later went to meet Siddaramaiah who was also in Mysore.