Stalin’s touchy slap act’ on Metro sloppy conduct, says Jaya

Thursday, Jul 2, 2015,18:33 IST By metrovaartha A A A

Chennai | Senior DMK leader and the party’s Treasurer M K Stalin has courted controversy for allegedly slapping a co-passenger with the back of his hand during his ride in the newly-launched Chennai Metro train yesterday.
A video in this regard has gone viral and it showed that Mr Stalin was slapping a passenger. The video has been widely circulated and a national TV channel sparked off a debate getting quotes from Congress spokesperson and actor Kushboo.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa has strongly condemned Mr Stalin for slapping a commuter and said it was highly condemnable. In a statement here, she said it was unfair for a Legislator to indulge in such acts.  ”All are equal in public places”, she added.
However, Mr Stalin denied that he slapped the co-passenger, while admitting that he had inadvertently touched his face, when he asked him to move away from women passengers.
Since the co-passenger trampled a woman’s leg, he asked him to move away, when his hands touched his face during a jolt.
The Chennai Metro was flagged off by the the Chief Minister two days back and political party leaders were seen enjoying a joy ride in it.
Yesterday Mr Stalin and DMDK Founder Vijayakanth had a feel of the Metro train, today a CPI(M) MP and VCK leader Thol Thirumavalavan had a joy ride.