KARNATAKA

Bees buzz dignitaries off dais

TROUBLED BY BEES: Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy beating a hasty retreat from the dais and Deputy Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa covering his face to ward off bees that buzzed around dignitaries during a function to mark the birth centenary of Bab u Jagjivan Ram at the Vidhana Soudha on Thursday. Photo: V. Sreenivasa Murthy  

Staff Reporter

BANGALORE: The function to celebrate the birth centenary of Babu Jagjivan Ram on the front steps of the Vidhana Soudha on Thursday was in "high-speed dubbing mode."

A swarm of bees decided to join in the celebrations and had Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy, who had arrived surprisingly punctually, running for cover, leaving behind the impression that he would be back after the bees had buzzed off.

But after a few songs sung by a musical troupe to suit the occasion, the function started. The portrait of Babuji was unveiled, and then, quite suddenly, Deputy Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa took the mike and delivered a short speech.

About eight people were quickly felicitated, and no one explained the absence of the Chief Minister.

No explanation

The task was left to Youth Services Minister Alkod Hanumanthappa who, at the end of his speech, said the Chief Minister had been unable to join in for some unspecified reason.

During the course of his speech, dignitaries and officials suddenly fled the dais, as the bees had decided to catch up on what was happening.

And the latest buzz: this was one occasion at which no politician chose to drone on and on.