DMK leader MK Stalin has again been caught on camera slapping a man who tried to click a selfie with him near Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu.
However, Stalin’s managers said the politician hit the man accidentally while attempting to clear the crowd that had gathered around him.
As Stalin is seen making his way through the crowd, he seems uncomfortable by the man’s proximity. He is seen slapping the man on his face while also pushing him away. The video has gone viral on WhatsApp and other social media platforms.
It was not the first time Stalin was seen slapping someone on camera. In July, MK Stalin slapped a young DMK worker during a “joy ride” in Chennai Metro and the act was captured by the CCTV camera inside the train.
In his defence at the time, Stalin had said he was just asking the man to get away from woman passengers in the Metro and had “inadvertently touched him” due to a sudden jolt in the train.
Stalin, the younger son and political heir to DMK chief M Karunanidhi, is currently touring Tamil Nadu with a mission of interacting with one crore voters.
Tamil Nadu goes for assembly elections next year and Stalin has begun his bid to wrest the state back from arch rival J Jayalalithaa.
With his older brother MK Alagiri out of favour and his father now too old to lead the party’s campaign at 92, it is Stalin’s responsibility to steer the party at the elections.
But while his supporters hope that this will also mean that Stalin will be projected by the DMK as its chief ministerial candidate, his father is said to be reluctant to hand over the mantle just yet.