Chennai: A row ensued after DML leader MK Stalin on Wednesday caught slapping a man on-board the newly launched Chennai Metro train. The event forced Tamil Nadu Chief Minister j Jayalalithaa to say, leaders should show dignity.
In the video released anonymously, the agitated 62-year-old leader is seen slapping a man standing next to him and asking him to move away. The man, in his late 20s or early 30s, is yet to be identified.
Stalin’s office later clarified saying that he was only asking the man to move away from women and “inadvertently touched him”.
As the video went viral, Jayalalithaa released a statement reprimanding DMK chief Karunanidhi’s son: “Stalin’s behavior doesn’t augur well as an MLA. All are equal in public places. Nobody is inferior. Stalin should maintain dignity,” she said.
The Chennai Metro was inaugurated by Jalalalithaa on Monday, following which a number of Tamil Nadu politicians have taken the joyride to create a photo opportunity for the media.