The second wave of the deadly COVID-19 has not yet settled down in India and there are still many states in the country that are under a full or partial lockdown. But that is not stopping influential people from roaming around and getting VIP treatment too. In Karnataka, Chief Minister BS Yediruppa’s son BY Vijayendra violated the restrictions to visit the Srikanteshwara temple.
The incident that happened on Tuesday has attracted a lot of attention from the citizens and social media users. He visited the temple when the Karnataka state is under lockdown and interstate travel is not allowed. According to the official rules, people can travel only for an emergency. Otherwise, they are not allowed to even come out of the homes.
Under the lockdown rules, the government has even shut down the places of worship including the temples. This was done to ensure that the high infectious COVID-19’s spread can be controlled. Karnataka is one of the worst affected states in the country when it comes to the COVID-19 cases during the second wave.
BY Vijayendra used a Mercedes-Benz GLS SUV to reach the temple. He was accompanied by his wife. The restrictions do not allow anyone to come out of the home from 6 am of May 10 to 6 am of May 24. However, the son of the chief minister did not follow the protocols and crossed many district borders to enter the temple located in Mysuru.
The reason behind the visit
K Taka, Deputy Chief Minister of Karnataka state gave an absurd explanation to the journey. He said that Vijayendra and his wife visited the temple and performed various rituals for the well-being of the COVID-19 patients. He also said that these rituals were performed to ensure that the COVID-19 is eradicated from India.
At a time when the country is going through a deep crisis and lakhs of people are getting infected every single day, the authorities chose to shut down all the places where gatherings happen in large volumes. Of course, places of worship like a temple are one of such places and that is why it is shut down for everyone. The son of the chief minister and his wife performed rituals with priests inside the temple and pictures show that they were not wearing a mask.
It is not known if BY Vijayendra and his wife used an official government car to reach the place. However, it is a white coloured Mercedes-Benz GLS SUV, which is the top-of-the-line model from the German luxury car manufacturer.
The exact variant of the vehicle. However, the GLS 350d is powered by a 3.0-litre turbocharged V6 diesel engine that produces 225 Bhp and 620 Nm of torque. The GLS 400 is powered by a 3,0-litre Turbo V6 petrol engine that is good for 329 Bhp and 480 Nm of torque. The GLS 350d and 400 are fitted with 9-speed automatic gearboxes that send power to all four wheels. This is the pre-facelifted version of the SUV.
The SUV was accompanied by several other security cars that were protecting the chief minister’s son and his wife during the journey.