TUMKUR: On a crowded street in Tumkur, Congress President Rahul Gandhi held a roadshow on Wednesday as part of the campaigning for the upcoming Karnataka elections. During the road show, as he was waving to his supporters gathered around, a garland thrown by a supporter landed around Rahul's neck, taking him and the others on the jeep by surprise.
Rahul's security officials quickly took out the garland from around his neck due to security reasons. But the video of the cleanly aimed shot has since gone viral.
Karnataka's got talent! _ pic.twitter.com/qkQqaefefe
— Divya Spandana/Ramya (@divyaspandana) April 5, 2018
Several people referred to it as an auspicious sign coming ahead of the elections:
Wonderful and it exhibited will of the person who threw garland with desire to Rahul ji . https://t.co/cpMXi7qU97
— shreenathsingh (@shreenathsingh1) April 5, 2018
This was amazing video of garland putting on Rahul Gandhi, time has also chosen a newly electing prime minister of India/ let me tell u one thing, Vijay Mallya ran, Nirav Modi ran & waiting for elected prime minister ran from our country bcoz of noteban,gs & steep hiked in fuel ?
— suhail ahmed (@dovesflirt) April 5, 2018
Garland of flowers symbol of acceptance, of win,Rahul Gandhi to work for fulfillment of Rajiv Gandhi for modern india
— Dr. Ranu Begum (@ranumini) April 5, 2018
Rahul Gandhi is seen greeting the crowd when one supporter from the crowd along the road throws the garland at Rahul which lands perfectly around his neck._
Must watch this video__#RG4NavaKarnataka #JanaAashirwadaYatre @RahulGandhi @INCIndia @CMofKarnataka @siddaramaiah pic.twitter.com/sl9APRsFrB
— __India With RG__ (@PurnimaRG) April 5, 2018
Some even showed concern after stating that he could get hurt in such incidents.
@INCKarnataka Please be more careful about the crowd throwing garlands on Rahul Gandhi, they are made up of hard card board knots. He could get hurt.
— nisha Dev (@nishaDev1) April 5, 2018
The incident took place on April 4 during the second day of his visit to Karnataka. During the day, he held public meetings at Holalkere and Magadi, visited the Siddaganga Mutt in Tumkuru and held meetings with workers of unorganised sectors and traders.
Rahul visited the Siddaganga Mutt here where he was accompanied by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and other senior Congress leaders. Rahul also met the pontiff of the mutt Shivakumara Swami to seek his blessings ahead of the upcoming elections in the state.