Tuesday, November 18, 2008

JD(S) rally jams Bangalore

JD(S) rally jams Bangalore

Bangalore: North Bangalore came to a grinding halt on Monday. The Janata Dal (S) was to blame for the agony people had to endure for hours on end.
The party’s show of strength triggered off massive traffic jams in near Palace Grounds on Bellary Road. Commuters were stranded worrying about missing flights, officials about missing deadlines and schoolchildren about getting home even as their parents cursed politicians and their insensitivity.
Kayakalpa Samavesha — the JD(S) rally held to strengthen the party after H D Kumaraswamy took over as the party chief — in Palace Grounds also affected bus services, both in the city and on its fringes. The road beside Gayathri Vihar in Palace Grounds, that leads to the Bengaluru International Airport (BIA) in Devanahalli was choked, even as thousands of vehicles tried to enter the venue. Vehicles that started to crawl on this stretch by afternoon were soon locked in a jam. The vehicles were stranded for six hours and more, some desperate to reach the Bengaluru International airport and the city railway station. There was no respite for commuters as late as 8 pm.
The rally was scheduled to start around 12.30 pm but party supporters started thronging the venue from early morning itself, triggering the jam. Commuters from North Bangalore areas including R T Nagar, Ganganagar, Sanjaynagar, M S Ramaiah Layout, RMV Extension, Sadashivanagar, Hebbal and Yelahanka were stuck for long hours.
The Times of India received a flurry of calls from enraged parents of schoolchildren trapped in the gridlock. Many students returning home from college chose to walk home, rather than get stuck in crawling buses.
Kumaraswamy’s show of strength may be forgotten as time goes by; it’s another matter if he’ll be forgiven for the inconvenience he caused this manic Monday.
One political party’s “show of strength” paralysed traffic in many areas of North Bangalore on Monday, frustrating thousands, among whom were schoolchildren, office-goers, tourists and patients in ambulances. This isn’t the first time that Bangaloreans, already harried by chock-a-block traffic, have faced such a nightmare. Precisely why, way back in July 2005, the Karnataka High Court had directed the government to provide land outside the city for holding rallies and protests. Processions, it had ruled, should not pass through main thoroughfares. But who listens to the woes of commuters? Who stands accountable for the anxiety of parents waiting for their children or patients held up? An apology by the political party will not do. It should declare openly that this will be its last rally in the city. Other parties must follow suit. The message is urgent, loud and clear: spare the citizen this hardship.


At Tuesday, November 18, 2008 at 8:58:00 AM GMT+5:30, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The plight of Bangalore has become absolutely ridiculous! The population of the city that resides in and around North and Central Bangalore was subjected to completely unnecessary stress and strain thanks to the JDS triumvirate and their rally - the blame should rest solely on the father and his two sons.

To choose a working weekday for their pathetically attended rally, then to insist on being allowed to conduct it without proper planning in a venue that is on a main thoroughfare through the city and cause this gigantic mess is absolutely unpardonable. As the news reports accurately say - people will not forget this pain in a hurry.

Parents of stranded children, people forced to stand in stationary buses, travelers having to endure 5-7 hours of torture in unmoving traffic, all the unfortunate traffic police who were subjected to blame and abuse from the road users, the completely avoidable waste of fuel from the thousands of vehicles forced to crawl along the roads - all of these have a cost. Monetary, physical and emotional. The city has been subjected to trauma and it will not forget anytime soon - this will reflect on the JDS and politicians of their ilk.

If the last elections were a portent to the JDS and its crooked cronies being consigned to the sidelines - thanks to the 5 years of sheer mismanagement and hell that they put the state through - their latest shenanigan will only be the last nail in the coffin of JDS.

One fervently hopes that curses of the affected people rain down on the JDS - more importantly, the inconsiderate, backstabbing clan of messers Gowda! May it result in their suffering an utter and complete political demise.

It was laughable to see reports of a pooja to ward off evil spirits conducted by the Gowdas last week. What use of such a pooja when the evil spirits themselves were conducting the pooja?

--An aggrieved and pained Bengaloorean

At Tuesday, November 18, 2008 at 9:15:00 AM GMT+5:30, Anonymous Kiran Rao said...

Useless bastards Kumaraswamy and Devegowda, these father son duo are useless assholes, spoiling bangalore culture. The duo had spoiled bangalore, acquired lot of real estate in bangalore using thir power. Now again they want to loot bangalore. Everybody knows about the drama they did while in power. People like these should be hanged to death. The money and wealth they possess is nowhere in the records, everything is written in family members name or some relatives name.

At Tuesday, November 18, 2008 at 2:00:00 PM GMT+5:30, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Imagine ladies, elderly & kids stuck inside (majority standing) for over 5 hours with no water to drink...

Can't somebody file a PIL against these idiots?

At Wednesday, November 19, 2008 at 2:17:00 PM GMT+5:30, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Useless bastards are not Kumaraswamy and Devegowda. Why did government give permission to conduct rally, why did government allowed them to hire bus. Why did police deparment collected fee for conducting rally. Once the goverment gives permission to the same, they need to arrange for proper traffic managment. BJP goverment is doing nothing and just trying to take advatage by this type suitations. They are big basatards to be blamed.

At Wednesday, November 19, 2008 at 10:35:00 PM GMT+5:30, Anonymous Anonymous said...

They have stooped to the lowest of low levels! Do they really think that people will forget this soon and vote for them? They sure are making themselves really unpopular day by day.


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