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BJP MLA throws birthday party amid coronavirus lockdown

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Ruling BJP legislator A.S. Jayaram on Friday celebrated’ his fifty-first birthday amid lockdown at a village in Karnataka’s Tumakuru district, with hundreds of guests attending the function, the police said.

The BJP leader could be seen wearing a turban and cutting a cake with several guests, including children, standing by his side. Interestingly, Jayaram wore white gloves while cutting a cake.

“Jayaram’s family members and relatives celebrated his birthday in a house compound at Ankalakuppe village in Gubbi taluk where hundreds of his supporters also gathered to felicitate him,” Gubbi police inspector P.M. Nagaraj said.

Gubbi in Tumakuru district is 120 km northwest of Bengaluru.

Jayaram won from the Turuvakare segment in the same district in the May 2018 Assembly elections.

“As Jayaram’s birthday coincided with the Hanuman Jayanthi function in the area, food was served to the people who gathered at the Anjaneya Swamy temple in the adjacent Manikuppe village,” Nagaraj said.

Denying that the legislator violated the lockdown, Nagaraj said the birthday function was held in a compound at Ankalakuppe whereas free food was served in the temple vicinity at Manikuppa, which is an adjacent village.

“Social distancing was, however, not observed, when food (lemon rice) was served, as the village folk scrambled to grab the food packets,” admitted Nagaraj.

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