Saturday, March 27, 2010

Citizens see red as CM, BJP prez paint the city

Citizens see red as CM, BJP prez paint the city

Sharan PoovannaFirst Published : 26 Mar 2010 04:54:00 AM ISTLast Updated : 26 Mar 2010 08:48:48 AM IST
BANGALORE: While Bangalore’s netas are outdoing each other promising heaven and earth and everything in between, once they are elected, their election time antics are making life hell for many of Bangalore’s citizens.
While the chief minister, Cabinet ministers, Opposition leaders, MLAs, MPs and candidates to the BBMP council set the campaign trail ablaze accompanied by innumerable followers and motorcades, the traffic snarls born in their wake has become a major headache for Bangaloreans.
On Thursday, Chief Minister Yeddyurappa and State BJP president K S Eshwarappa put the show on the road and visited several wards in the city — taking out processions and halting traffic along the way. The CM’s convoy sealed one side of Mysore road by parking in the centre of the road. Party supporters cheered their leaders’ speeches (all of which promised great things for Bangalore’s populace) as students and office goers bore the brunt of their shenanigans.
To cover maximum ground on the last day of campaigning, the CM’s convoy visited as many wards as possible and during the day’s whirlwind campaigning ended up stopping the entire traffic on Mysore road once again — this time so that the CM could offer prayers in a temple on the main road.
Later Yeddyurappa and Eshwarappa split ways to visit the wards on their itineraries. The procession that started in Kuvempu Nagar moved through Magadi Road, Kottige Palya, Leggere, Nandini Layout, Rajajinagar and Mahalaxmi Layout, reaching Malleshwaram’s Deviah Park; putting paid to all hopes the area’s residents might have had of a decent day.

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