• Thursday, April 18, 2024

INDIA

Irked by floods, woman in India’s Haryana slaps ruling coalition lawmaker; WATCH

The politician, Ishwar Singh, who belongs to Jannayak Janta Party, an ally of prime minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party, said he forgave the woman.

A woman (in red) confronts a local lawmaker (in white) in India’s flood-hit Haryana state minutes before slapping him. (Picture: Twitter screengrab/@ANI)

By: Shubham Ghosh

IN India, witnessing common people venting frustrations against politicians is not uncommon. Many times, people show ‘go back’ posters or black flags to their elected representatives. There have also been occasions when politicians are even physically targeted or with substances such as ink.

On Wednesday (12), a similar incident took place in Kaithal district of the northern Haryana state which has witnessed flood situations caused by heavy rains in the northern parts of the country.

A woman victim of the flood was so irked with the management of the situation which made them face hardships that she allegedly slapped a local lawmaker after the latter was inspecting the flood-affected areas in the district’s Guhla, his own constituency.

Ishwar Singh, who belongs to Jannayak Janta Party, an influential political player in Haryana politics and an ally of prime minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party which also rules the state, was speaking to people who were angry over alleged poor drainage system in the locality causing the waterlogging.

They also asked Singh why he was late to reach the spot. At that time, the elderly woman in a red dress, who was standing in the crowd, allegedly hit the lawmaker, leaving him shocked.

A video of the incident went viral on social media. In it, the woman and other local people were heard asking the lawmaker why he came late.

Singh was rescued by the security personnel.

The politician later told the media that he forgave the woman and didn’t want to take any legal action against her.

Floods caused by incessant rains have resulted in deaths of 10 people in Haryana, chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar said, saying the toll could rise more.

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