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Karnataka MLA trolled after video of him failing to row boat during floods goes viral

Indian Express 2019-08-12 03:59:25

MP Renukacharya, the MLA of the Honnali constituency, was caught on camera trying, and failing, to row through knee-deep water. He was supposed to be aiding in flood relief work.

A Karnataka MLA from the was criticised on social media after a video emerged of him unsuccessfully attempting to row a boat when he was supposed to be aiding flood relief efforts. MP Renukacharya, the MLA of the Honnali constituency, was caught on camera trying, and failing, to row through knee-deep water in the Belimallur village even as people pulled the boat along.

The MLA was visiting flood-affected parts of his constituency to supervise the rescue operations in the region. The video quickly went viral and many people on social media criticised the MLA for what they said was a “photo op”.

The video shows the leader struggling to row the boat filled with people through floodwaters even as a group of people intermittently keep pulling him forward. At one point, the MLA almost falls when the boat is pulled.

Many of those present at the site are also seen clicking selfies with the MLA.

BJP MLA, MP Renukacharya rows an Agarala boat (coracle) through flood-waters in Belimallur village in Honnali in .

— ANI (@ANI)

People slammed the MLA saying his presence at the site was a publicity stunt and criticised him for not helping those who were actually affected by the floods.

Here are some reactions to the video:

Push Him In Deep Waters…Let’s See How He Rows And Rescues Actual People Affected By Floods!!! 😁😁😁

— Sumanth B. L (@thisissumanthbl)

Moronic display, and when people are under stress! Such people are not worthy of being people’s representatives.

— AK (@ankit91276)

Give him Oscar award.

— Umesh Bhagat (@uk_bhagat)

Seriously pls stop it if it’s not genuine 🤦‍♂️

— Vedha Murthy (@vedhamurthyhk)

Is this a news or a comedy video?

— Sankaranarayanan (@2013_sankar)


Look at your MLA Drama.

— Kiran N | ಕಿರಣ್ ಎನ್ 🇮🇳 (@Kirankarwar6)

What a completely incompetent boatman. I won’t pay him 5 rupees for this…

— Keshav Das (@keshavuvacha)

3 people in the boat.. 10 people pushing it

— Naman Datta (@yourownnaman)


— Rohit Adhikari (@rohitadhikari92)

BJP MLA, MP Renukacharya rows an Agarala boat (coracle) through flood-waters in Belimallur village in Honnali in .

— ANI (@ANI)

Indian titanic ha ha ha

— Asif (@highalrt)

hahahaha
Rowing it wrong!!!

— Mutawassam Ali Miher (@malimiher)

Watch the direction of rowing..boat isn’t moving and have to be pushed by his followers…a fool fooling people!

— Anand Agarwal (@andycomes)

Renukacharya’s constituency has been hit by the floods that have struck parts of Karnataka. The number of flood-hit talukas across 17 districts of the state rose to 86 and there are 1,181 relief camps across the state that accommodate over 3.32 lakh people. in the state rose to 42 on Monday, even as rescue operations were expected to continue throughout the day.