Son of former Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy, Nikhil Kumaraswamy’s marriage has kicked up a controversy after some media reports pointed out that there was a crowd of 100 people attended the function despite a lockdown.
Nikhil tied the knot with Revathi, the grand-niece of former Congress Minister for Housing and one of the richest politicians in the state, M Krishnappa, on Friday.
News agency ANI reported that more than 100 people participated in the marriage ceremony held at Kumaraswamy’s farmhouse in Kethaganahally, Ramanagara. ANI in its tweet posted a video shot by some unknown guest.
There were around 50-60 members from former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda’s family and more than 30 people participated from Revathi’s family, reported ANI. Some local Kannada News Channels alleged that around 48 cars were allowed to attend the function. The other allegations were the participants did not use masks and gloves. Even, social distancing norms were flouted in the function. Some allegations on social media also blamed that the Karnataka Government was at hand-in-glove with Kumaraswamy family by allowing permission.
This comes in the middle of a nationwide lockdown which has been imposed to deal with the coronavirus threat.
Kumaraswamy had shifted the wedding venue to the farmhouse due to the lockdown imposed due to Covid-19 pandemic. He had vowed follow all the norms to check the spread of the virus and drastically reduced the number of guests.
Karnataka’s Deputy Chief Minister Ashwath Narayan had said on Thursday that action will be taken against Kumaraswamy “without a second thought” if guidelines are not followed during his son Nikhil’s wedding.
“Kumaraswamy has made a public statement that guidelines will be followed. He is a people representative. He’s in public life for a long time. He should abide by guidelines. Since he’s in responsible position for a long time, he was Chief Minister of Karnataka, he’s also an MLA from Ramnagar, so guidelines must be followed in his son’s marriage as per the rules amid Covid-19 scare. After the marriage there must not be any excuses, he can’t say that people came without invitation,” Narayan had said.
His grandfather and former prime minister H D Deve Gowda also participated in the marriage function. Nikhil had contested and lost the May 2019 Lok Sabha polls from Mandya seat against Sumalatha Ambareesh.
Before the lockdown was imposed the Kumaraswamy family was planning a big event at a customised marriage mandap on the Bengaluru-Mysuru highway. Nearly five lakh people were expected to attend the event primarily from the Ramanagara and Chennapatna constituency represented in the assembly by Kumaraswamy and his wife Anitha.