Help from political opponent Yediyurappa, Kumaraswamy heaved a sigh of relief

Help from political opponent Yediyurappa, Kumaraswamy heaved a sigh of relief

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Political rivalry is one case, but saving the bird of same feathers is a basic instinct. Karnataka witnessed this face-saving exercise for the last couple of days, and that lifted the HD Kumaraswamy and Gowdas from a political controversy.

Media attacked Gowdas for flouting all lockdown norms in the case of marriage of Nikhil Kumaraswamy. In the marriage function that held in secret, around 100 people participated, Media alleged. Most of the participants neither wear even mask nor keep social distancing.

Former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda's grandson Nikhil Kumaraswamy married Revathi, the grandniece of a Congress leader and former minister, at a farmhouse about 28 km from the state capital Bengaluru during the coronavirus lockdown. Photos and videos of the function showed no social distancing or masks.

JDS leader HD Kumaraswamy on Saturday received support from Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa after he was criticised on social media over his son Nikhil Kumaraswamy's wedding, where coronavirus precautions recommended by the authorities were apparently ignored.

When asked about the apparent lapses on Saturday, Mr Yediyurappa, downplayed the controversy. "All the necessary permissions were given and the marriage was performed in a simple manner. There is no need to discuss about it. They had done it well within their limits for which I congratulate them," he was quoted as saying by news agency PTI.

The wedding involving two political families had no one from outside, former Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy had claimed. Scores of guests were at the farmhouse in Ramanagara district, where the bride and groom exchanged garlands. Mr Kumaraswamy had claimed "only around 60 to 70 people of the family" would attend the wedding. According to the Karnataka police, passes for 42 vehicles and 120 people were given.

The wedding was a relatively low-key event. Party workers and supporters were not invited to the function. A day before the wedding, Mr Kumaraswamy had apologised to his supporters for not inviting them. After the function, Mr Kumaraswamy claimed in a tweet that all precautionary measures had been taken.

Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister Ashwath Narayan had said action would be taken against the former chief minister "without a second thought" if guidelines were not followed in the wedding.

No other politicians, whether from opposition or ruling front kept mum on the issue. As the issue lost its steam within hours, Karnataka chief minister H D Kumaraswamy summing up the chapter wishing a big thanks for Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa for backing his family regarding his son Nikhil's wedding, which had drawn backlash from all quarters for allegedly violating lockdown norms.

Asserting that social distancing was maintained during the wedding, the JD(S) leader in a series of tweets hit out at those accusing his family of violating lockdown norms, by stating that they were doing it out of “political hate”.

“Despite maintaining social distancing and following rules during Nikhil’s marriage, there are discussions that norms were not followed. Because of political hate, poisonous comments are being made about an auspicious event, but Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa by rejecting all this is standing by the truth,” Kumaraswamy said in a tweet in Kannada.