Gowda wedding didn’t flout lockdown rules: Karnataka CM Yediyurappa defends HD Kumaraswamy


Contrary to what deputy chief minister Ashwathnarayan had said on the wedding of former CM Kumaraswamy’s son, Karnataka CM BS Yediyurappa has defended the ex-CM and said that the Gowda family stuck by lockdown rules during the wedding.

Scores of people had 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.

Virtually defending the Gowda family for conducting a marriage reportedly defying lockdown restrictions, BS Yediyurappa on Saturday said it was performed in a simple manner and well within their limits, “for which they are to be congratulated.”

The chief minister said “Kumarswamy has conducted the wedding in a simple manner. No need to discuss the issue. Even though his family is large. He has conducted the wedding in limits. I convey my regards.”

They had done it well within their limits for which I congratulate them,” Yediyurappa responded to a query from reporters during the post-Covid-19 briefing.

Earlier Deputy CM Ashwath Narayan had said that the government would seek a report from district SP and DC to find out if there were any violations.

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.

Kumaraswamy had taken to Twitter after the marriage, thanking 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 had said social distancing was maintained and all precautionary measures were taken throughout the event.

BJP had hit out at the JD(S) first family for flouting the norms, alleging that at least 150 to 200 vehicles were given permission to attend the event, that too at a time when social workers wanting to serve the badly affected poor people were not being allowed to ply any form of transport JD(S) leader NH Konareddi and MLC TA Sharavanna had denied the charges, saying the union government guidelines had been followed and that social distancing was maintained.

Meanwhile, former CM Kumaraswamy also hit out at Yediyurapap and questioned him about not maintaining social distance during official meetings.

“I haven’t violated any norms, my family is of 60-70 members and I haven’t called people from Dubai or China. Will you question the CM? How many people around him wear masks?” Kumarswamy had said.

(With PTI inputs)

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