Mysore: The sight of Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah stepping out of his residence and touring his hometown Mysore, holding a lemon in his right hand, has caught the attention of the state and the national media on Wednesday.
The video clip of the chief minister touring the city with a lemon in one hand was first carried by state's BTV after which several Kannada news channels and the national media carried the footage.
The footage shows the Chief Minister tightly holding a lemon in his right hand all through the day.
Interestingly, the chief minister even interacted with media raising his hand showing the lemon to photographers.
However, he refused to take any questions on it.
Sources claim that either a Muslim cleric or a Hindu seer had given him that lemon to ward off evil powers.
This comes at a time when he has been advocating for an anti-superstition bill in the state.
The draft bill has been stuck in the Assembly after both ruling Congress and opposition parties opposed its tabling.
People close to Siddaramaiah claim that he has changed after sudden death of his son Rakesh a month ago.
A controversial self-styled godman Chandrashekhara Swamy has claimed that he has sighted a white crow on the banks of Cauvery river and it might cause irreparable damage to the Chief Minister.