Bengaluru: Union minister Anant Kumar Hegde, in a speech delivered in Kodagu, had said,  "Along with the development of this temple, our mentality on fundamental thoughts need to change too. We have to observe the happenings of our society and our surroundings. Which society the incident occurred, which girl was kidnapped, which caste she belonged to is not the question. But the hands that touch a Hindu girl must not exist."

Reacting to this, Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) president Dinesh Gundu Rao reacted by questioning MP Hegde. He posted on Twitter, "Wht are ur achievements after becoming a Union Minister or as MP? Wht are ur contributions for Karnataka’s development? All I can say for sure, it’s deplorable tht such people have become ministers & have managed to get elected as MP’s. (SIC)"

To this, an angry Hegde reacted and accused Rao of running behind a Muslim lady. Hegde's tweet read: "I shall definitely answer this guy @dineshgrao's queries, before which could he please reveal himself as to who he is along with his achievements? I only know him as a guy who ran behind a Muslim lady."

This did not go well with Rao, who said, "Sad to see @AnantkumarH stoop to such low levels as to bring in personal issues. Guess it’s his lack of culture. Guess he hasn’t learnt from our Hindu scriptures. Time hasn’t run out, he can still try and become a more dignified human."

Meanwhile, former chief minister and Congress leader Siddaramaiah too misbehaved with a woman, snatched the  mike from her hands and warned her against speaking and forcibly made her sit quietly during a grievance meet at Mandya. Various BJP leaders including Prakash Javdekar and Eshwarappa have slammed Siddaramaiah and have asked Congressmen to tell their colleagues and leaders not to behave like "goondas with women".