HDK regrets criticism on JD-S convention

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Bangalore, Nov 18 (UNI) Janata Dal(S) leader H D Kumaraswamy today took exception to the scathing attack raised by a section of citizens of the IT hub, who were put to hardship due to traffic jams at various points in the city in the wake of a massive convention organised by the party yesterday at the Palace ground.

Chaos prevailed on the roads in major parts of the city including the road leading to the international airport, once the convention, attended by more than two lakh people, who came in hundreds of busses from villages, ended last evening.

This left the office-goers and school children return home late in the night leading to a wide criticism.

Speaking to reporters the newly appointed State unit president regretted the inconvenience caused to the school-going children but asked how could the people from village could be barred from entering the city even once in a while.

"I read media reports and the criticism. The people, all supporters of the JD(S), came from villages to voice their protest against the misrule of BJP during the last 150 odd days. It was not an act to show our muscle power," he asserted.

Mr Kumaraswamy was critical of IT and BT professionals some of whom asked the former Chief Minister to hold such conventions in villages. "If you do not want a villager to enter Bangalore even for one day, what will happen if they decide to stop all the services and supplies to the city," he asked.

He said the 'techies' did not understand the problems of villagers and they should be made to spend some nights in remote villages to know their problems.

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