KARNATAKA

Tent falls on BJP's campaign launch

BIDAR, OCT. 2. The formal launch of the Bharatiya Janata Party's campaign for the byelection to the Lok Sabha from Bidar (reserved) constituency was abandoned mid-way after the tent put up for the event collapsed in heavy rain and strong winds at Tair Maidan in Humnabad today. No one was hurt in the incident.

Function delayed

The function, which was scheduled to start at 11 a.m., was delayed by well over four hours. A team of senior leaders, including the State unit president, H.N. Ananth Kumar; B.S. Yediyurappa, MLC; M.R. Tanga and K.S. Eshwarappa, arrived in Humnabad, via Hyderabad. They first visited the tomb of Ramachandra Veerappa in his fields on the outskirts of the town. They later came to the maidan to address the gathering. After Mr. Eshwarappa and Dr. Tanga had finished their speech, it began to rain heavily. The strong winds brought down three tents erected at the centre of the maidan and the people in them ran away to safety.

Later Mr. Ananth Kumar told presspersons that "the unholy alliance" of the Congress and the Janata Dal (Secular) would come to an end after the Bidar byelection.

He said there was "absolutely no governance in the State."

`Mandate misused'

Mr. Eshwarappa asked the people to teach a lesson to the Congress and the JD(S), who he charged with misusing their mandate for their selfish ends.

Paramehswar Arya, elder brother of the party candidate, Basavaraj Arya, who was absent from the campaign after being refused the ticket, was present on the stage and sought votes for his brother.

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