Karnataka chief minister HD Kumaraswamy’s swearing-in ceremony at Vidhana Soudha in Banglaore may have seen a galaxy of non-BJP leaders, but not all guests seemed happy on the occasion. Among them was West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee.
The Trinamool Congress chief was seen conveying her displeasure to Karnataka police chief Neelamani Raju after she reached the venue.
Initially, the onlookers were perplexed when they saw Banerjee gesturing to Karnataka director-general of police, who was near the stage. It later came to light that the TMC chief was asked by the Bengaluru police to “get off her car and walk a short distance” from the gate to the podium because of heavy flow of VVIP vehicles, several of them with full security detail.
Banerjee also expressed her discontentment to JD(S) supremo HD Deve Gowda and his son Kumaraswamy. Besides Banerjee’s car, the convoys of Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu, Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati and a few others were also stuck in the traffic, as about 18 different convoys of various leaders were moving towards the venue. Mamata Banerjee is reported to have expressed her displeasure over the issue. AAP spokesperson Raghav Chadha posted a picture of Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal walking to the venue of swearing-in ceremony on a rain-splattered day also.