Bengaluru: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday pulled up Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah for taking Mandya Superintendent of Police C. H Sudhir Kumar Reddy to task in full public view during a programme yesterday and said that every political party has the right to protest against injustice in a democracy.
BJP leader S. Prakash said that the Chief Minister mistreated the police officer, who was doing his duty.
"I believe it is for the ruler to digest it and get along with that but here Siddaramaiah is showing tremendous intolerance towards the incident and towards the Superintendent of Police, who is supposed to uphold the law and order situation in the district," he added.
Reminding Siddharamaiah that he must have protested against the ruling party when he was in the opposition in the state, Prakash said the Chief Minister may be under the impression that any protest against him is unacceptable.
"It is for the first time I am seeing a leader is losing his cool over a police officer, who is doing his duty," he added.
Earlier on Thursday, the Chief Minister lost his cool at the 2010 batch IPS officer for his failure in intelligence gathering and preventing the protest by the BJP workers.
The BJP workers blocked Siddaramaiah's official vehicle and waved black flags at him, demanding waiver for farmers' loans.
A visibly upset Chief Minister even went on to call the top cop a "useless fellow" for failing to prevent the BJP members from protesting.