#SelfieWithTilak Goes Viral After Siddaramaiah Says ‘Scared’ of it

A video of Siddaramaiah’s tilak remark has gone viral – and people are now taking to Twitter with #SelfieWithTilak.

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A video of Siddaramaiah’s ‘tilak’ remark has gone viral – and people are now taking to Twitter with #SelfieWithTilak. 
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Former Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Wednesday, 6 March, courted controversy when he took a jibe at the radical Right.

Siddaramaiah, who was at an event to inaugurate the rejuvenation of a lake in Bagalkot's Badami, said that he was "scared of people who wear tilaks."

Speaking to the people of Badami, Siddaramaiah was instructing the tahsildar and local officials to complete the rejuvenation of Agasthya lake as soon as possible.

"Who is the contractor?" Siddaramaiah is heard saying. When the officials point out the contractor among the crowd, Siddaramaiah asked him to complete the work on time.

The contractor was wearing a tilak, which the former chief minister noticed and said, “You know those people who wear tilaks (referring to members of Hindutva outfits)? I am scared of people who wear tilaks.”

BJP Supporters Send Siddaramaiah #SelfieWithTilak

After Siddaramaiah's video went viral, several people took to Twitter to upload their #SelfieWithTilak, a campaign started by the BJP.

BJP National Spokesperson Tajinder Bagga reportedly began the trend.

Chikkamagaluru BJP MLA CT Ravi accused the former CM of hating Hindus.

Several people also put up pictures of Congress President Rahul Gandhi and UPA chief Sonia Gandhi with tilaks on their foreheads.

In response to the Twitter trend, Siddaramaiah on Wednesday, 6 March, replied:

(This story was first published on The News Minute)

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