Poll debate in Bangalore stopped after party supporters create ruckus

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Bangalore, March 29: An initiative by Bangalore Political Action Committee to hold a debate between Lok Sabha election candidates from Bangalore South ran into troubled waters after supporters of the Congress and BJP clashed, forcing the organisers to call off the event mid-way.

The incident occurred at 'Candidates Meet the Citizens' programme in NMKRV auditorium in Jayanagar area of Bangalore on Saturday afternoon.

The problem started when Nilekani began to speak in English

Problem started when Congress candidate Nandan Nilekani began to speak in English. Kannada activists present at the event objected to this and demanded Nilekani to speak in the local language and then when the BJP MP spoke against Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, the Congress workers turned hostile, leading to the chaos. Kumar criticised the economic performance of the country under Singh's prime ministership and said the condition of Bangalore had improved little.

Congress candidate Nandan Nilekani and BPAC chief Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw tried to pacify the protesters but their efforts went in vain. The candidates left the venue soon after and Aam Aadmi Party supporters staged a silent dharna outside the venue.

Besides Ananth Kumar and Nilekani, AAP and JD(S) candidates from Bangalore South Nina Nayak and Ruth Manorama were also present at the event.

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