If you are in traffic and you hear an ambulance siren, you will give way to the vehicle, right?
But will you later brag about it on social media for your awesome act? Most probably not, because for many of us, it's plain common sense and responsible behaviour.
However, it's not the same for the Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah who thought that by not holding up an ambulance by his convoy, he has done such an incredible thing that it must be boasted on social media.
BTP stood by my instructions to prioritise the movmnt of ambulances against VIP convoys; today they allowed an ambulance overtake my convoy pic.twitter.com/zRDtTAb9xK— CM of Karnataka (@CMofKarnataka) May 21, 2017
If one tweet patting himself on the back on how he "allowed" the ambulance to go wasn't enough, the CM went on to retweet a post by the police on the same thing.
Well, we do not wish to take credit away from the CM for being reasonable, given how India's VIPs hold a terrible record in this area.
In fact, just two days after Siddaramaiah made the rule that ambulances will not be held up due to VIP movements, a shocking case came to light in state capital Benguluru itself when an ambulance ferrying a 60-year-old critical patient was stopped to give way to a VIP gathering.
Notably, it was a massive outcry on a May 2 incident when Siddaramaiah's convoy forced an ambulance to be stopped for a few minutes that prompted him to come out with a rule.
But then, the public felt that it was still something CM shouldn't be bragging about.
@CMofKarnataka So this is a big achievement haan? Come on it's basic common sense to give ambulance priority!— ಅಧಿಕ ಪ್ರಸಂಗಿ (@shetty_shailesh) May 21, 2017
@CMofKarnataka Good Mr.CM, but will the same gesture continue even with your ministers and PA's.Or is this is just another election gimmick.— chandrashekhar (@ftechnosys) May 21, 2017
@CMofKarnataka it's right of ambulance to get priority. It's so sad n pathetic that they get it only on ur instructions. Bad leadership— Ramnath Kini (@RamnathKini2) May 21, 2017
@CMofKarnataka Today is the first time you did this.. 👏🏻👏👏 Are you looking for an award for this ?— WarOnStupidity 🤘 (@War0nStupidity) May 21, 2017
@CMofKarnataka Not a big deal, as a chief minister its your primary duty to put citizen's requirements before your convoy— Navarathna (@Navarathna) May 22, 2017