A Bharatiya Janata Party MLA from Karnataka celebrated his birthday with hundreds of supporters on Friday, in complete violation of the nation-wide lockdown and social distancing measures to fight the coronavirus outbreak, NDTV reported.
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M Jayaram, the MLA from Turuvekere in Karnataka’s Tumakuru district, cut a large cake and distributed it to hundreds of villagers, including children, in Gubbi taluk. Jayaram was seen wearing gloves in the tightly packed pandal erected for the celebration. The guests were also served biryani.
Last month, Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa attended the marriage ceremony of a BJP leader at Belagavi after banning all social gatherings in the state. Later on March 16, hundreds of Congress workers defied the social distancing norms to honour the newly-appointed state party President DK Shivakumar.
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
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Karnataka has over 200 cases of the coronavirus with six deaths, including one in Tumakuru district.
Several states have called for an extension on the lockdown, saying they would not be able to deal with a surge of cases.