Written byShalini Ojha
The rules of lockdown must be followed strictly and no one should step out unless it's absolutely necessary — this is the only message the government has been conveying for the last couple of weeks.
The politician who thought it was absolutely fine to host a birthday party while the nation grapples with a pandemic is Masale Jayaram, MLA from Turuvekere constituency.
Wearing lavish clothes, complete with a pagdi and shawl, Jayaram celebrated his birthday in Gubbi Taluk in Tumkur.
A sizeable number of people came to a government school for the event.
Viral pictures of the event showed that Jayaram wore gloves while cutting the cake, possibly to save himself from the COVID-19 disease.
But he didn't pay attention to the other precaution — social distancing. As his aides stood dangerously close to him, Jayaram addressed his well-wishers.
He also distributed cake among kids. In fact, biryani was also prepared at the venue.
Karnataka: BJP MLA from Turuvekere M Jayaram today celebrated his birthday with villagers in Gubbi taluk, Tumkur, during lockdown for prevention of COVID19 transmission. pic.twitter.com/nNSpPLTBmU— ANI (@ANI) April 10, 2020
As it turns out, politicians of Karnataka have a penchant for violating rules. Last month, Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa attended a wedding in Belgavi where nearly 2,000 people were present.
He attended the wedding of BJP MLC Mahantesh Kavatgimath's daughter on March 15 after he himself banned large gatherings in the state.
Basavaraj Bommai, Karnataka's Home Minister, also attended the function.
A day after Yediyurappa participated in the wedding, Congress leader DK Shivakumar was given a grand welcome at the party office.
Party workers were celebrating his elevation to the post of state Congress chief. They garlanded him, clicked selfies, and flouted distancing guidelines.
This event happened at a time when former Congress President Rahul Gandhi attacked Centre over coronavirus, claiming BJP wasn't serious.
Notably, Karnataka is one of the worst-hit states with 207 infections and six deaths. On Wednesday, Yediyurappa said he was in favor of lifting restrictions from districts, that haven't been affected by the virus, only after consulting with the Centre.
Karnataka might also relax liquor sales after April 14 in a bid to generate revenue, Yediyurappa added.
The sales have suffered since March 25.
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