Karnataka: Row over wedding of former PM’s grandson

Scores of people thronged a farmhouse on Friday to get a glimpse of the wedding of former Prime Minister and JD(S) supremo, HD Deve Gowda's grandson Nikhil Kumaraswamy, ignoring appeals not to visit the venue in view of the ongoing lockdown to check the COVID-19 outbreak.

Nikhil, son of former Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy, tied the nuptial knot with Revathi, the grand-niece of former Karnataka housing minister M Krishnappa. The marriage was solemnised at Kumaraswamy's Kethaganahalli farmhouse at Bidadi in the neighbouring Ramanagara district, a JD(S) stronghold.

After the marriage was over HD Kumaraswamy took to Twitter to thank his party MLAs, leaders and workers for staying away from the event and blessing his son from their houses.

In a series of tweets, he said social distancing was maintained and all precautionary measures were taken throughout the event. "At a time when the whole world is rattled with the coronavirus pandemic, the marriage was performed in accordance with the government's guidelines of social distancing and proper precautionary measures were taken," Kumaraswamy tweeted.

The JD(S) leader promised that once things normalise, he would throw a grand reception where "we all will sit together and have food."

However, the BJP trained its guns at Kumaraswamy alleging that the JD(S) first family flouted the norms ignoring the Central government's guidelines. "The information we have is that at least 150 to 200 vehicles were given permission to attend the event.

This happened when the social workers who want to serve the badly affected poor people are not getting permission to run their vehicles," Ramanagar BJP district president M Rudresh alleged.

"Till now Ramanagara is safe from coronavirus and is in the green zone. If at all the disease spreads in Ramanagara, the entire blame will be on Deve Gowda's family," Rudresh added. He also said that he would meet the Deputy Commissioner and the Superintendent of Police of Ramanagara district and ask them how permission was granted for such a "large gathering".

Karnataka registered 38 COVID-19 positive cases in the past 19 hours, the highest in less than a single day, raising the state's tally to 353, an official said on Friday. "Till date, 353 corona positive cases have been confirmed. This includes 13 deaths and 82 discharges," said a health official.

Mysuru accounted for the lion's share with 12 cases, followed by Bengaluru 9, Ballari 7, Mandya and Chikkaballapura 3 each, Vijayapura 2, and Dakshina Kannada and Bidar have one each case.

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