Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah's was visibly embarrassed when a girl gave a peck on his cheek at a public meeting in Bengaluru.
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The incident happened at a programme to felicitate newly elected members of zilla panchayats and taluk panchayats, organised by the Karnataka Pradesha Kuruba Sangha at palace grounds in Bengaluru.
The woman in question is Girija Srinivas, who is Tarikere Taluk Panchayat member from Amruthapura in Chikmagalur district. Standing next to Chief Minister for a group photo, she was overwhelmed and in that moment of joy gave a peck on his cheek and walked away.
Siddaramaiah, though visibly embarrassed by the incident, wiped his cheek with a big smile.
Speaking to a TV channel, the woman said she was happy that the Chief Minister was also a Kuruba, and called him a 'lion of the community'. "I was overjoyed by the fact that I was standing next to him. My family and I have always called him 'Appaji'(father)."
Siddaramaiah also downplayed the incident saying, 'that the girl is like my daughter.'
She also clarified that placing a peck on Siddaramaiah's cheek was not pre-planned. Srinivas hails from Varuna in Mysuru district which is Siddaramaiah's assembly constituency.