Hyderabad: In the wake of the COVID-19 lockdown, the government has cancelled huge gatherings, including marriages and family functions. Amid this, the former chief minister of Karnataka HD Kumaraswamy held the wedding of his son Nikhil on April 17. According to some media reports, around 2,000 people had attended this wedding.
Meanwhile, an image is going viral on social media claiming that the chief minister of Karnataka B.S Yediyurappa had also attended the wedding. Netizens have criticised the chief minister for attending the marriage while the state is suffering from the coronavirus lockdown.
People of #Karnataka, I'm guessing it's not ok by you that after putting the state on lockdown, Yediyurappa himself attends kumarswami's son's wedding which had over 2000 guests.. While the poor gets beaten up for leaving their houses.. Is it wrong to ask for #Yediyurapparesign ? pic.twitter.com/LgyLvNvZ5s
— Authoritarian (@GajenderDagar6) April 18, 2020
Shame on all the politicians..CM Yediyurappa u r answerable to us, the general public, we forego celebrating ugadi, which is the new year to us, u close the temples, we forego meeting our dear ones to abide the law.. their marraige was essential or emergency? pic.twitter.com/j0ZHTT3Tv6
— madhavi (@madhoosuhan) April 17, 2020
However, the claim that Yediyurappa attended Nikhil Kumaraswamy’s wedding is FALSE. By doing a reverse image search in Google, NewsMeter found that the pictures are of Nikhil Kumarasamy’s engagement and not his wedding. The engagement function happened on February 10, before the lockdown.
The engagement was held at Taj West End and many media channels have reported the same carrying the same picture as the feature image.
The image with a false claim was shared by Pinky Chaubey, who claims to be writer, political observer and Humanist Activist in her Twitter profile. Her post garnered a lot of attention with around 4,300 people liking it and over 1,200 retweets.
यहां सत्ता पक्ष और विपक्ष एक साथ है,क्योंकि दोनों अमीर है……
लॉक डाउन का पालन केवल गरीबों को करना है,भूखे मर कर भी……..😥 pic.twitter.com/TtcVYGJyJi
— Pinki Chaubey (@pinkichaubey) April 18, 2020
Though, it is true that Yediyurappa did not attend the wedding, he supported Kumaraswamy stating that the family followed all the guidelines issued by government and said that nobody else other then their family attended the wedding.
Therefore, the claim the chief minister B.S Yediyurappa attended Nikhil Kumarasamy’s wedding is false. In this case, an old picture is being shared with a FALSE claim.