Traffic jams on a stretch of Queens Road skirting the office of the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee have become the order of the day thanks to the continuous flow of party workers coming to lobby or diss ticket aspirants for next month’s Legislative Assembly elections. The arterial road, already plagued by high density traffic, has been seeing dharnas for three consecutive days as various groups congregate in front of the Congress office, shouting slogans and beating drums.
A day after a resident of Nuggehalli in Channarayapatna taluk doused himself with kerosene and threatened to ignite himself on fire in protest against the party’s reported move to field a former Janata Dal (Secular) MLA from Sravanabelagola constituency, a large number of people came in private cars and jeeps on Tuesday to demonstrate in front of the KPCC office demanding that Tejaswini Gowda be not given ticket to contest from Bangalore South constituency.
On Wednesday also another man threatened to commit suicide, drawing huge crowds, making the road a nightmare for users. Apart from causing traffic snarls, the protests are keeping the police on their toes. “This will be an everyday affair till the final list is announced,” said a weary police officer on duty.