A Tory activist pinned both Rupa’s arms behind her and dragged her away as she tried to put questions to Boris Johnson about the challenges faced by people in Ealing and Acton.
On Friday 1st May Johnson was on a walkabout on Churchfield Road in Acton with Rupa’s Tory opponent Angie Bray.
To add insult to injury Ealing Broadway councillor Seema Kumar was also photographed pushing Bray’s branded leaflets in Rupa’s face, while Bray is seen grinning in the background, doing nothing to help.
The activist has since been named as former vice chair of the local Conservative branch, Karim Sacoor.
Rupa has not received an apology from Angie, she said:
“Boris Johnson tries to create the impression he’s all positive and fun, but he can’t deal with any real scrutiny.
“I was trying to ask him serious questions about issues affecting Ealing, and to be grabbed and shoved around by his supporters is disappointing.
“Boris Johnson and his team owe me an apology – it’s about the example politicians like him set to people, particularly around how women are treated.
“If figures like Boris Johnson want to engage with voters, they can’t react to questioning by manhandling people. You wouldn’t accept it in other walks of life, and people expect better from the Mayor of London."