As video of teary-eyed Bommai at pet’s funeral goes viral, netizens praise ‘dog lover’ CM

The newly-appointed Karnataka CM lost his pet Sunny, earlier this month. The video is of the dog's last rites being performed, where Bommai appears visibly upset and is seen wiping his eyes.

Basavaraj Bommai takes oath as the Chief Minister of Karnataka on 28 July, 2021 | Twitter/ANI
Basavaraj Bommai takes oath as the Chief Minister of Karnataka on 28 July, 2021 | Twitter/ANI

Bengaluru: A video of newly-appointed Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai bidding farewell to his dog ‘Sunny’, who passed away earlier this month, has gone viral since Bommai assumed office as CM on 28 July. The video is more than two weeks old.

In the video, a teary-eyed Bommai, flanked by his family, is seen reaching down to stroke and kiss Sunny, as the pet’s last rites are being performed. He then goes on to wipe his eyes with a handkerchief.

On 12 July, Bommai had tweeted in Kannada, “Today our pet dog ‘Sunny’ has died. I’m in great pain. As I lost a family member. Sunny loved mingling with everyone who came home. Om Shantih.”

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‘Our CM who loves dogs’

The video has been widely shared in the past week with many lauding him for his “love for dogs”. The emotional video has also made rival Congress leaders (Bommai is from the BJP) praise the CM.

Tabu Rao, wife of Karnataka Congress leader Dinesh Gundu Rao, in a post wrote, “Our CM who loves dogs . A heartwarming sight indeed.”

Tamil Nadu Congress Committee spokesperson Americai V Narayanan also wrote that a man who loves his pet as much as Bommai does, should ensure that street dogs should find loving homes.

Another Twitter user, Sangita Nambiar also tweeted, “I think I like our CM much more now.”

(Edited by Poulomi Banerjee)

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