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Watch: Andhra MLA showered with flowers during lockdown, sparks criticism

A video of the incident showed women and children lined up on either side of the road to welcome YSRCP MLA RK Roja. The Puttu legislator was criticised by the Opposition TDP as it went viral on social media. 

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: April 22, 2020 7:23:23 pm
ysrcp mla rk roja, andhra pradesh news, ap coronavirus, covid-19, social distancing, rk roja video, indian express The incident is said to have occurred during the inauguration of a borewell in Chittur district of Andhra Pradesh. (Screengrab)

In a brazen violation of lockdown guidelines, a lawmaker in Andhra Pradesh attended the inauguration of a borewell with scores of people showering flower petals at the feet.

A video of the incident showed women and children lined up on either side of the road to welcome YSRCP MLA RK Roja. The Puttu legislator was criticised by the Opposition TDP as it went viral on social media.

According to news agency ANI, Roja went to inaugurate  a borewell in Chittoor district in Andhra Pradesh.

“I did not expect such a grand welcome. However, I accepted their gesture as I did not wish to hurt their sentiments. Each person involved during the program maintained social distancing and wore masks. The TDP leaders are unnecessarily making it an issue.”, the actress-turned-legislator was quoted as saying by ANI.

COVID-19 cases crossed the 800-mark in Andhra Pradesh as 56 new cases were added in the state in the last 24 hours.

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