In a video shared widely, the BJP MLA was seen paddling the oars on a coracle in shallow waters, even as people around him were pulling the coracle.

Karnataka MLA Renukacharya criticised for photo-op during floods
news Floods Sunday, August 11, 2019 - 13:06

Honnali MLA Renukacharya faced criticism after a video was shared showing him paddling the oars on a coracle in shallow waters – even as people around him were pulling the coracle. The BJP leader represents Honnali constituency in Davangere district, which has been reeling under floods. 

In the 38-second video, Renukacharya is surrounded by a group of people on a coracle, a small, rounded, lightweight boat. The leader is seen paddling the oars in unmistakably shallow waters. The people around him are seen holding the boat as the leader's paddling makes no effect on the boat's position. A person standing in the water is also seen pulling the boat towards the end of the video. 

People were also seen clicking photographs and selfies with the MLA. The MLA's actions were criticised with several people claiming that the incident was a photo-op for the MLA and did little to help the people affected by the floods. 

Honnali has been affected by the heavy rains and floods in the state. Buses travelling from Shivamogga to Honnali have been cancelled after water-logging was reported on the route. 

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