Bengaluru: ‘Poor’ road condition triggers abusive posters in minister Ashwath Narayan’s constituency

Posters containing offensive messages have appeared in Malizoram in Bengaluru, the constituency of Karnataka CN Minister Ashwath Narayan, about the “poor condition” of the roads and urged the authorities to immediately undertake the long-suspended repair work.

The posters read in Kannada, “Be **** Adhikrigala Bega Raste Sari Madro (*** Officials… Carry out road repair work soon)” and went viral on social media. No one has claimed responsibility for the posters yet.

Although citizens and activists condemned the swear words used, they said the public’s frustration with the poor condition of the roads is understandable.

Residents complain that roadworks are incomplete, pedestrian walkways and electric poles in danger for a long time in Malieswaram. They say the business often stops by mentioning the monsoons but moves later at a snail’s pace.

Ajay Acharya, a resident, tweeted: “Dear @drashwathcn because of your inability to focus on voter issues and push for faster business closing in Maliswram, these guys @BBMPAdmnBBMPCOMM are being abused.”

Meanwhile, Ashwath Narayan’s office refuted the allegations of the people and said that the issue was politicized against the background of the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) elections. “Road works have been completed but in some areas, the roads remain. We are making roads in the smart city road lines so that the roads are not digged. This will help the roads not be digged anymore and we expect the roads to remain safe for the next 30 years.

Ashwath Narayan, Minister of Higher Education; IT and BT, Science and Technology; Skills Development, Entrepreneurship and Livelihoods was elected in the Legislative Assembly of Malieswaram located in central Bengaluru in the 2018 elections.

This is not the first time that Maliswaram residents have raised their voices against the poor condition of the roads. In March of this year, they staged a protest against the excavation of roads and footpaths and leaving them unaddressed. Some residents filled the trenches with flowers and priests were called to pray.

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