Keralaâ€™s Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala is in a soup over rules that his supporters broke during a bike rally held for his election campaign in his constituency.
On Sunday, Chennithala held a road show in a remote part of Haripad constituency in Alappuzha district. A number of two-wheelers zoomed past the crowd, enthusiastically waving back at Chennithala, who was riding pillion.
This idea of reaching out to the public on a bike, in a place that was not accessible by car, backfired when social media users pointed out that Chennithala was a pillion passenger on a bike whose rider did not wear a helmet.
In 2015 the Kerala High Court made it mandatory for pillion riders also to wear helmets, and the police have taken stringent action against those who flouted the law.
However, it appears that the police force arenâ€™t exactly confident of upholding the law when the minister who is responsible for law enforcement in the state is flouting a helmet rule. It was up to social media to roast the minister over the coals.
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