New Delhi: A garland thrown by Congress supporter landed exactly around Rahul Gandhi’s neck during a roadshow in Karnataka.
The incident happened during the Congress president’s roadshow in Tumkur on Wednesday where Gandhi was campaigning for his party ahead of the Karnataka Assembly elections
It was caught on camera and the video of the incident has since gone viral on social media.
The garland landed exactly around his neck. For a second, he looks stunned by what happened and then quickly removes it.
Police are investigating whether the incident was a security breach or not.
Gandhi was in Tumkur to visit the Lingayat seminary Siddhaganga Mutt and seek the blessings of Sri Shivakumara Swami, the highly revered seer of the community.
On the fifth lap of his two-day election tour in Karnataka, Gandhi visited the Mutt and met the 111-year-old seer along with Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, Congress leader in the Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge and KPCC President G Parameshwara.
His visit comes against the backdrop of the Siddaramaiah government’s move to recommend to the Centre grant of religious minority status to Lingayats and Veerashaiva Lingayats, who are politically powerful.
In the video, Gandhi can be seen standing on top of his bus waving at the crowd while conducting his roadshow. Suddenly, a hand is seen throwing a garland at him.