Belagavi: While all malls, cinema halls, pubs and other large gatherings in Karnataka have been banned for a week in the wake for coronavirus outbreak, chief minister BS Yediyurappa attended the grand marriage celebrations of the daughter of BJP MLC Mahantesh Kavatagimath in Belagavi on Sunday.

Though, CM Yediyurappa himself had advised very simple weddings with not more than 100 people attending it, the wedding on the lawns of Shagun gardens in the Udyambag industrial area in Belagavi had many more times the number of visitors. 

A police officer on duty at the venue estimated the crowd to be over 3,000. 

The large gathering was in defiance with the norms and protocols outlaid by the state government and the CM’s appeal. But Yediyurappa’s presence seems to have upheld this act. 

Apart from the CM, Union minister of state for railways Suresh Angadi, and ministers Srimanth Patil and MLA Mahesh Kumthalli, there were several leaders from the BJP, the Congress and the JD(S) who attended the marriage. There were some officers from the city corporation and district administration among the guests.

Yediyurappa said that it is good that many people didn’t attend the grand wedding of the daughter of Mahantesh Kavatagimath. 

Speaking to reporters at the airport after attending the wedding ceremony, Yediyurappa said, “We are well-equipped to tackle coronavirus and made all sorts of preparations for it. We have paid special attention here as the gathering has more than 100 people, and also one has fallen victim to coronavirus. Five patients are from abroad and their families have been informed and everything is under control. Holidays to schools and colleges for a week have been announced. I advised more people don’t gather for any event.”

There are six confirmed cases of coronavirus in Karnataka.