Most of us believe that politicians do not have time sense and they proved it on Saturday. Senior BJP leaders including Bangalore South MP H N Ananthakumar, Deputy Chief Minister R Ashok, and Mayor D Venkatesh Murthy arrived one-and-a half hours late to open the state’s tallest clock.
The inauguration was scheduled to start at 9 am. But the leaders arrived only at 10.30 and within 10 minutes, they completed its inauguration.
Not just this, Ananthakumar went ahead to tell reporters that the clock symbolises their government ruling at ward, assembly and state.
“It means we are into development 24X7,” he said. Deputy CM Ashok had a different reason for the delay. Ashok blamed it on Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar. “We were waiting for him. He had some other work and he could not make it,” he said.
Mayor D Venkatesh Murthy said CM went to see off Vice-President Hamid Ansari at the airport at 10.20 am. Later, he had a BJP meeting. “So he could not make it to the event,” he said. When asked whether these two events were scheduled, he said, “You should ask CM’s office or the concerned councillor,” he said.
However, many residents are not happy with the new clock. According to Keshav of Jayanagar Residents’ Welfare Association, none of the residents’ welfare associations in Jayanagar were invited for the programme. “We did not know about the inauguration. The conch sound is causing a nuisance,” he said.
Srinivasan of Garadi Apartments said it will not be a problem during morning hours.
“I heard that it will ring from 6 am to 11 pm. Chiming at early morning and late night hours is not acceptable,” he said.