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B Sriramulu draws flak from BJP and Cong for defying lockdown norms


PTI, Apr 18, 2020, 6:15 PM IST

Bengaluru: Karnataka Health Minister B Sriramulu drew flak from his own party the BJP as well as the Congress for allegedly letting hundreds of people throng the Rupangudi Road in Ballari to collect food packets from him.

Visuals showed that the people came in hordes and fell on each other to collect the packets Sriramulu was distributing to the poor and needy as relief measure in the wake of lockdown.

The videos showed the minister standing with his team by the roadside and spreading out tables all along to distribute the food kit to the poor people.

Those in the queue had elderly people too.

A majority of people who rushed to grab the food packets did not bother to protect themselves with a mask.

“Whoever has done he has committed a blunder whether it is Sriramulu in Ballari or Anand Singh in Hospet. All these elected representatives want to show that they are serving the people in their constituency,” said Karnataka BJP spokesperson Go Madhusudana.

Flaying the leaders of all political parties for defying norms, Madhusudana sad this has become fashionable for the leaders to perform ‘cheap shows.’

He advised Sriramulu that it should have been done with door-to-door delivery of food packets instead of arranging it at the public place.

Congress spokesperson K E Radhakrishna said a case should be registered for defying regulations.

“I am all appreciation for Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Karnataka chief minister B S Yediyurappa who were the first to wake up and do something good for the people. Now I feel sorry for them. I wonder why they cannot control their own partymen. People should file FIR against him (Sriramulu),” Congress spokesperson Prof K E Radhakrishna said.

Slamming the alleged VVIP culture in the country, Radhakrishna said when the nation is facing a crisis, lavish marriages and grand birthday parties were organised. In the midst of all this health minister organises a food distribution mela, he added.

Attempts to reach the minister went in vain.

However, speaking to reporters at Ballari, Sriramulu admitted that the cases suddenly shot up in the state because of disregard to social distancing.

“People’s support to lockdown is essential. People have to maintain social distancing, without which we cannot control it,” the minister said.

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