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Karnataka minister V Somanna slaps woman at public event, Cong demands action

Housing and Infrastructure Development Minister V Somanna slapped a woman during a program in Hangala village of Chamaraja Nagar district of Karnataka. On Saturday, he had gone there to distribute the title of the land.

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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Bengaluru: Housing and Infrastructure Development Minister V Somanna slapped a woman during a program in Hangala village of Chamaraja Nagar district of Karnataka. On Saturday, he had gone there to distribute the title of the land. Here the minister gave the ownership of the house to two hundred and fifty people, but she got furious when the woman did not get it. On this the minister slapped him. The surprising thing was that despite being slapped, the woman took blessings by touching the feet of the minister.

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Somanna was supposed to reach at 3.30 pm for this program, but he reached 2 hours late. Gave the title of land to 175 people. When the woman who slapped did not get the ownership, she got furious. During this, Minister Somanna slapped him. However, later the minister also apologized for this.

The Congress condemned the incident and asked chief minister Basavaraj Bommai whether the minister will be dismissed. V Somanna is the minister of infrastructure development. It has been alleged that the beneficiaries for the distribution of the title deeds were not appropriately selected and that was the reason for the altercation.

After being slapped, as seen in the video, the woman touched the minister’s feet. The minister is learnt to have apologised for his behaviour, while the woman too later claimed that the minister promised her help.

Calling out the ‘arrogance’ of the BJP ministers and leaders in Karnataka, Congress’s Randeep Singh Surjewala said, “On one hand, people suffer the huge brunt of 40 percent commission and on the other, women get slapped by ministers drunk with power. Where is our PM? Will you dismiss the minister, Mr Bommai.”

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