Actor and Karnataka Congress leader, Bhavana Ramanna, is facing social media backlash after a video of her leaving the stage in protest of the party stopping an election speech for Azaan went viral.
In the video, Bhavana is seen expressing her disgust after the speaker from her party stopped her speech as a mark of respect for Azaan. The decision appeared to have irked the actor-politician, who’s aspiring to secure an assembly ticket from Chitradurga constituency.
In the viral video, Bhavana is seen speaking to her party colleague in anger before walking off the stage by removing her party sash and muttering, ‘This is not the democracy.’ She then jumped into her car and left.
On her desire to contest from Chitradurga, she had recently said, “I am an aspirant for the forthcoming elections and would like to contest from Chitradurga if the party gives me an opportunity. I am originally from Undivided Dakshina Kannada but I stay in Chitradurga. I have been actively involved in the Congress party. Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, KPCC President Dr Parameshwar, AICC General Secretary K C Venugopal and the President of Publicity Committee DK Shivakumar have assured me of giving the ticket. So I have thought of contesting from Chitradurga.”
There’s nothing unusual about politicians stopping their speeches for Azaan. In November 2016, while visiting Allahabad to attend a public function, former Congress President Sonia Gandhi had paused her speech and before covering her head to respect Azaan.
Even Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a follower of hardcore Hindutva ideology, has stopped his speeches during Azaan on more than one occasion.
The Congress, which is seeking re-election of Siddaramaiah as Karnataka chief minister, has not commented on the development. But the latest development may not augur well for the party’s attempts to woo the crucial minority voters, who constitute nearly 15% of the state’s population.
Bhavana is currently one of the general secretaries of the Congress in Karnataka.