Watch video: DK Shivkumar slaps party leader for keeping hand on his shoulder

During a campaign event in Savanur, Haveri, Municipal Member Allauddin Maniar approached Shivakumar with a friendly gesture, placing his arm around the leader's shoulders. In response, Shivakumar delivered a firm strike to the man's arm, captured in a now-viral video circulating online.

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Campaign fervor reached its peak in the Lok Sabha elections campaign as Congress flags fluttered and chants of 'DK' filled the night air, referring to Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister DK Shivakumar. However, an unexpected incident unfolded as Shivakumar was greeted with an unwanted arm around his shoulders.

During a campaign event in Savanur, Haveri, Municipal Member Allauddin Maniar approached Shivakumar with a friendly gesture, placing his arm around the leader's shoulders. In response, Shivakumar delivered a firm strike to the man's arm, captured in a now-viral video circulating online.

Despite the man's awkward smile, security personnel intervened, pushing him away from Shivakumar and the gathering supporters. Visibly annoyed, Shivakumar gestured for him to step back, continuing his campaign march without further interruption.

Watch the video here:

Lok Sabha elections campaign

Shivakumar's presence in Haveri was part of his campaign efforts for party candidate Vinoda Asooti, ahead of the ongoing Lok Sabha elections in Karnataka. With 28 Lok Sabha seats at stake, elections in the state are being conducted in two phases, with voting for 14 seats already concluded on April 26.

Political landscape in Karnataka

The political landscape in Karnataka remains tense, especially with the BJP dominating the state in the 2019 elections. However, this time, alliances have shifted, with the BJP and JD-S coalition facing challenges amidst controversies, including sexual assault allegations against Prajwal Revanna, the grandson of HD Deve Gowda.

Amidst the campaign chaos, HD Kumaraswamy accused DK Shivakumar of orchestrating the public release of controversial videos and subsequently initiating an investigation through a Special Investigation Team (SIT), adding to the already charged political atmosphere in the state.