Bengaluru: Social distancing is in the vanguard of preventions to keep the spread of coronavirus at bay. 

From the Prime Minister to a zillion doctors, everyone has belaboured that social distancing must be followed in order to minimise the spread of the virus. 

But for Karnataka’s first political family – the HD Deve Gowda family – these rules don’t apply! 

At a time when the nation struggles to fight the coronavirus, former CM and HD Deve Gowda’s son HD Kumaraswamy’s son Nikhil Kumaraswamy got wedded to Revati, a grandniece of a former Congress minister M Krishnappa. 

Well, while we have no qualms about the wedding going on as Kumaraswamy claims he has sought the permission of the Karnataka government, what we are perturbed at is the way social distancing has been compromised with. 

Photographs show crowding up had happened, thereby increasing the risk of the coronavirus spread. 

As per a Karnataka government ruling, weddings are allowed, provided not more than 75-100 people gathered. 

Around 40 cars were seen rushing to Ramanagara to be a part of the event. As per reports, the Gowda family had given a list of the numbers of these cars to the police. 

A day before the wedding, as reported by India Today, a lot of trucks were seen going to the venue, carrying tents. 

The former CM also informed the media that he had taken a lot of suggestions from doctors before he decided to go ahead with the wedding. 

To keep a tab over the wedding, Karnataka government officials have been instructed to video it. Any violations, sources add, will attract penalty. 

Meanwhile, the Karnataka government has also banned the performance of Namaz in mosques. It has also banned the usage of loudspeakers and Iftar gatherings during the holy month of Ramzan. 

Presently, the lockdown will go on till May 3.