: Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, who appears to be gaining notoriety for being disrespectful toward his subordinates, has landed in another controversy after he allegedly berated an IPS officer and sat imperiously as an MLA cleaned his dhoti in full public view.
Both the incidents took place on Thursday when he was on a tour of Mandya.
In the first incident, Siddaramaiah publicly humiliated Mandya superintendent of police H Sudhir Kumar and allegedly called him a “useless fellow”.
He lost his cool with the officer for failing to control a large group of BJP activists who welcomed him into the district with black flags and tried to block his convoy as it was making its way from the helipad to the venue of a public event where he was to inaugurate a slew of development projects. When the officer went up to him to apologize for the security lapse, he was heard saying, “Useless fellow…who made you an IPS officer?”
Shortly after this outburst, when Siddaramaiah took to the stage, he was caught on camera sipping tea as local Congress MLA Narendra Swamy wiped his dhoti with a towel. What was particularly shocking was that Siddaramaiah did not even acknowledge the gesture or as much as look at the MLA who bent down to wipe off a stain from his dhoti.
The opposition BJP was quick to pounce on the issue calling Siddaramaiah an “arrogant dictator”.
“This is the first time I am seeing a leader publicly insulting an IPS officer in Karnataka. And what happened with MLA Narendra Swamy just shows how much internal democracy there is in the Congress. It is turning into a one-man show,” BJP leader S Prakash told reporters.
While Siddaramaiah refused to be drawn into commenting on the issue, KPCC chief G Parameshwara said, “Some people blocked the convoy of the CM and hurled black flags at him. This is major security breach. What if they had thrown something else instead of a flag…like a stone?” He said that anybody would have lost his cool with such a major lapse but he refused to comment on the incident involving MLA Narendra Swamy.