MANGALURU: The main door of Mini Vidhana Soudha at Bantwal town broke after Congress workers tried to barge in soon after Chief Minister Siddaramaiah inaugurated it on Sunday.When Siddaramaiah went inside to have a look at it along with his cabinet colleagues and officials, the Congress workers waiting outside tried to enter it. The police personnel posted at the entrance tried to shut the door but the Congress workers made for a push. In the melee, the door broke.
This led to chaos at the spot with some policemen and Congress workers losing their balance and falling down. The situation even forced the police to resort to mild lathi charge to disperse the crowd.
Earlier, Siddaramaiah, his colleagues and legislators had a tough time in entering the Mini Vidhana Soudha premises as a huge crowd gathered in front of it. Though the police had managed to prevent the entry of persons other than government officials and media persons before its inauguration, the people forced their way into it when the gates were opened to allow the CM’s convoy.
Bantwal Tahsildar Purandar Hegde denied that the wooden door was of poor quality and said no door will with stand such a huge push. Hegde who was on the spot said the police could not control the rush of people.Bantwal Block Congress president Mylappa Salian tried to play down the issue saying the door has developed just a ‘small crack’.
He said such things happen when party workers turn up in huge numbers.Mini Vidhana Soudha, a three-storied building, was constructed at a cost of `9.98 crore. The 3,225 sq mt building houses the offices of Tahsildar, treasury, offices of revenue inspector, sub-registration, Bhoomi Centre, commercial tax among others.
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Didn’t BSY celebrate Tipu Jayanti, asks Siddu
Mangaluru: Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Sunday tried to silence BJP which is opposing Tipu Jayanti celebration by referring to its prominent leaders taking part in the celebration in the past. He said BJP president B S Yeddyurappa had not only taken part in the celebration when he was the KJP president but had also dressed himself as Tipu imitating the Mysore ruler’s crown and a sword. “Did the BJP oppose it then?,” he asked on his arrival at Mangaluru Airport to launch various developmental projects. Later at a function, he said another BJP leader Jagadish Shettar has written preface for a book on Tipu Sultan by former vice-chancellor of Mangalore University B Sheikh Ali, in which he has glorified Tipu as a ‘great freedom fighter’. He said the government will go ahead with Tipu Jayanti celebration and added that there is no need to seek anybody’s permission for that. “We celebrate it because Tipu was a great patriot and fought four wars against the British.” He denied there will be law and order problem because of Tipu Jayanti, saying that one or two individuals opposing the celebration does not matter. He termed Union Minister Ananth Kumar Hegde’s instruction not to mention his name in invitations as ‘childish’, and said the names will be mentioned as per protocol.