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Facing backlash, Congress MLA Asha Kumari apologises for slapping woman constable

31 December 2017

Congress Working Committee (CWC) member and party legislator from Dalhouise Asha Kumari was booked for hurting a woman cop publicly as the legislator was trying to enter Congress head office Rajeev Bhavan here on Friday to attend party review meeting without showing the entry pass. "She 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".

Kumari has lodged a complaint against the woman constable, requesting an FIR in this regard.

Sources said even the Congress President expressed concern over the incident and told the Congress men to have patience. On this, Asha Kumari said that she was abused by the constable and she was compelled to use her hands.

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A bystander recorded the video of the incident in which Kumari can be seen slapping the lady constable and then being slapped back.

Rahul Gandhi is now in Himachal Pradesh to review the Congress' performance in the recently-concluded election there, in which the party lost to the BJP, as reported by The Times of India.

"I am not happy with it".

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When the incident happened, Rahul was inside the party office where he was meeting MLAs, defeated candidates and local leaders to discuss the defeat of the Congress. The BJP had won 44 seats in the hill state to oust Congress' Virbhadra singh from the chief minister's chair and his party from the government.

The meeting is being held at the Rajiv Bhawan, the party's headquarters in Shimla.

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Facing backlash, Congress MLA Asha Kumari apologises for slapping woman constable