A birthday message for Karnataka Medical Education Minister K Sudhakar became a big topic of discussion on social media, but for the wrong reasons. When the minister shared a TikTok video sent by his daughter and wife, who are currently in a Covid-19 facility, people pointed out that the minister should know better and that he should urge his family to boycott the Chinese video-sharing platform and lead by example.
A day after Sudhakar’s father tested positive for Covid-19, his wife and daughter tested positive as well even as they remain admitted to a designated facility. The minister and his two sons, who tested negative, are in home quarantine. Celebrating the birthday away from his loved ones, the minister was touched by the sweet message sent to him on his special day, saying it was the only way they could wish him.
ಆಸ್ಪತ್ರೆಯಿಂದ ರಾತ್ರಿ ೧೨ ಗಂಟೆಗೆ ನನ್ನ ಮಗಳು ಮತ್ತು ನನ್ನ ಪತ್ನಿ ನನ್ನ ಹುಟ್ಟುಹಬ್ಬಕ್ಕೆ ಶುಭಾಶಯಗಳನ್ನ ತಿಳಿಸಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಈ ವಿಡಿಯೋ ಉಡುಗೊರೆ ನನ್ನ ಜೀವನದಲ್ಲೇ ಮದುರವಾದದ್ದು, ಪವಿತ್ರಪ್ರೀತಿಯ ಸಂಕೇತ. ಮಿಸ್ ಯು ಮೈ ಏಂಜಲ್ಸ್ 🥰❤️🥰 pic.twitter.com/epxpGYfSEA
— Dr Sudhakar K (@mla_sudhakar) June 26, 2020
The video garnered a lot of attention online with many wishing him on his birthday and praying for the speedy recovery of his family. Others were miffed that a BJP minister put up a TikTok video at a time when tensions are running high between India and China along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh. However, few defended the minister’s daughter saying one must not politicise a daughter’s wish on his birthday that too while they are at a hospital.
Happy Borthday.Why are they using TikTok, pls do not use it. We have been telling everyone to uninstall Chinese Apps so that we can hit back at China. Pls pls do not use Chinese Apps
— BOYCOTT China & RahulGandhi (@banChinaAndRAGA) June 26, 2020
Happy birthday Sir..
Using Tiktok for making video has spoiled everything…
Do u know, common people avoiding china made toys/balloons to their children birthday n buying Indian things even at an extra cost..
Politicians shud walk the talk..
— Harikumar🚩 (@hari_navami) June 27, 2020
Sir.. tell ur wife and daughter not to use tik tok 😠😠. Anyway happy bday sir.
— Vittal Malali🇮🇳 (@imvittal) June 27, 2020
LoL… When whole india is talking about banning tiktok and boycotting Chinese products.. this video is made in tiktok.. please educate your family sir.. as a politician you have a responsibility and should walk the talk..
Anyways happy birthday to you :)
— Raveendra Bhat (@angeekase) June 27, 2020
Isnt that chineese tik tok.
Acha, i get it. Go vocal for local is for us, the underprivilaged citizens.
And #boycottchineese is a myth.
where are those BJPians who told us to boycott #TicTok now ?
— positivitea (@bubbpowerpuff) June 27, 2020
Dr speedy recovery to ur family members & birthday greeting to you. we appreciate ur hard work. but since ur daughter is using tiktok which is chines,pls ask her to uninstall when she is back home.
— madhusudan (@jscss1894) June 27, 2020
You peoples are asking for Uninstall the China app , but you only using China App Tiktok 🙏🙏
— kumar (@vkr1704) June 27, 2020
Happy Birthday Sudhakar sir. Pl uninstall all Chinese app in your family members mobile just because of that country your family members are isolated and not able to spend good time on your Birthday
— Prabhakar Girish (@prabhakargirish) June 27, 2020
Happy birthday @mla_sudhakar sir,
We are blessed to have MLA like you and you are carrying huge responsibility over your shoulder during this Pandemic and you have been doing best, your services will be remembered in future.
Small request please Boycott Tiktok use.
— Arun kumar (@ArunAvmanthale) June 27, 2020
Happy birthday Sir… and I wish Speedy recovery to your daughter but please uninstall Tik Tok App please please please..
— chethan rajshekar (@rajglobe123) June 27, 2020
Wishing your family be united very soon and a very happy birthday Sir… one request, please uninstall TikTok and use other Indian app 🙏🙏
— Shashi Kumar (@BomminiShashi) June 27, 2020
Pls understand. This is not the time he can teach his children. He’s already busy and moreover now they are in hospital. Don’t politicize cute bday wishes of his children.
— Mallikarjun Vishwanatham (@mallikonline) June 27, 2020
Apart from his family members, the domestic help of the minister had also tested positive and was admitted to a hospital.
In April, Sudhakar was quarantined along with three other ministers for coming in contact with a journalist who was coronavirus positive.
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