Siddaramaiah’s birthday bash leads to traffic congestion for miles in Davanagere | Bengaluru

byYamini CS | Edited by Paulomi Ghosh

As senior Congress leader and former CM Siddaramaiah celebrated his 75th birthday, thousands of devotees took to the streets to celebrate several kilometers of traffic in Davangere district on Wednesday.

News agency ANI reported that traffic on the Pune-Bangalore highway in Davangere district came to a standstill for 6 kilometers as people celebrated the birthday of the Congress stalwart.

ANI reported that the party’s national leader Rahul Gandhi will attend the program on Wednesday. Rahul Gandhi is reportedly visiting Karnataka to attend the party’s political affairs committee meeting on Wednesday ahead of the upcoming 2023 assembly elections. During the visit, he will also visit Murugarajendra Mutt, an important Lingayat seminary of the region.

Siddaramaiah’s birthday celebrations will be held in various parts of the state in August, and a controversy has arisen in the Karnataka unit of the Congress regarding the post of CM. Leader of the Opposition Siddaramaiah and Karnataka State Party President DK Shivakumar have both harbored chief ministerial ambitions, splitting the party into two camps.

A massive convention called ‘Siddaramotsava’ on Siddaramaiah’s birthday is geared to showcase Siddaramaiah and his contributions, seen as an attempt to send a message to the party high command ahead of the elections. Siddaramaiah was the CM of Karnataka from 2013 to 2018.

Residents of Davangere took to social media to express their frustration over the slow vehicular traffic caused by the celebrations with the rain, with one user writing “Dear @RahulGandhi. You are visiting Davangere to address people and we have to face this heavy traffic jam on NH48. So far about 200 m in 1 hour. Is there anything you can do to avoid inconveniencing citizens like this? Sincere request. “

More than 325 buses of the North-West Karnataka Road Transport Corporation were booked for the birthday event in Davangere till Sunday. Hundreds of buses plying will cause massive traffic chaos in some north-western districts, ANI reported.

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