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.

Fact Check:

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.

 

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.

Aiswarya Sriram

Aiswarya Sriram is a budding multimedia journalist and is currently working for NewsMeter. A graduate from Indian Institute of Journalism and New Media (IIJNM) Bangalore, Aiswarya has earlier worked with The Logical Indian and has interned with Republic TV. Aiswarya, a Tamilian who was born and brought up in Mumbai, loves to do rural reporting. She has visited Byadgi Taluk of Karnataka, to write about the issues faced by chilli factory workers there, earlier in 2019. A craft enthusiast, Aiswarya also does quilling, painting and glass work. On her off-days, she loves to read crime-thrillers and watch anime. She primarily reports on civic issues, GHMC, human-interesting features, and fact-checking video stories.

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