New Delhi: Karnataka chief minister HD Kumaraswamy’s swearing-in ceremony at Vidhana Soudha may have seen a galaxy of non-BJP leaders, but not all guests seemed happy on the occasion. Among them was West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee.
The Trinamool Congress chief was seen conveying her displeasure to Karnataka police chief Neelamani Raju after she reached the venue.
Initially, the onlookers were perplexed when they saw Banerjee gesturing to Karnataka director-general of police, who was near the stage. It later came to light that the TMC chief was asked by the Bengaluru police to “get off her car and walk a short distance” from the gate to the podium because of heavy flow of VVIP vehicles, several of them with full security detail.
#WATCH: West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee reprimands DIG Neelamani Raju as she came to Karnataka Vidhana Soudha for oath taking ceremony because reportedly had to walk a few metres, also expressed discontentment to HD Deve Gowda & HD Kumaraswamy. #Bengaluru pic.twitter.com/WZ2n0QVE9b — ANI (@ANI) May 23, 2018
Besides Banerjee’s car, the convoys of Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu, Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati and a few others were also stuck in the traffic. AAP spokesperson Raghav Chadha posted a picture of Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal walking to the venue of swearing-in ceremony on a rain-splattered day.
Bengaluru traffic beats every city in the country. We walked to the swearing-in venue. Beautiful weather made up for it though. pic.twitter.com/PT9nauyWuk — Raghav Chadha (@raghav_chadha) May 23, 2018
As there was VVIP movement especially on the International Airport Road (Bellary Road) and Old Airport Road, commuters were stranded on the streets linking the main thoroughfares too. Besides, motorists had a tough time as they were stuck in the traffic gridlocks in the late afternoon, as thousands of people converged on Vidhana Soudha.According to a report in Deccan Herald, thousands of Kumaraswamy’s supporters who gathered before the Vidhana Soudha took shelters under the chairs and flex banners. Many also stayed below the shades of the Soudha gate and metro station, while a few also waited underneath the trees at the High Court for the rain to stop.