Chief guest walks off function for not getting opportunity to speak

Patience didnt pay!

Sample this. The Karnataka State Scheduled Caste and Tribes Government Teachers’ and Employees’ Welfare Association had organised a programme at the premises of the Department of Public Instruction to mark the birth anniversary of Dr B R Ambedkar and former deputy prime minister Babu Jagjivanram here on Friday.

Deputy Commissioner Dr N Manjula, Zilla Panchayat President Chinnappaiah, taluk block education officer and officials of the various Government departments had been invited to attend the programme.

Arrived in time
Zilla Panchayat President Chinnappaiah, Deputy Director of Department of Public Instruction and several other officials had arrived in time for the programme. Due to inevitable reasons, Deputy Commissioner Dr N Manjula could not make it. The programme organisers realised this later.

The programme inauguration was fixed at 9.30 am, but there were no signs of the event starting even past 10.45 am. When inquired, the organisers stated they were waiting for the arrival of MLA K P Bachegowda. And finally, when the programme began it was 11 am.

Soon after the inauguration with the traditional lighting of the lamp, the organisers began the welcome speech. Almost everybody was invited on the dais, whether their names were listed in the invite or not. The process continued for more than half an hour. Finally, more than 30 guests were invited on the dais.

Felicitation programme
ZP President Chinnappaiah gave a brief inaugural speech. Later on, teachers and leaders of various associations and organisations were felicitated. This went on for about 20 minutes.

After the felicitation programme, everybody expected the MLA to be invited to speak. Instead, Bangalore University Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes Department Special Officer Dr C B Honnaiah was invited to speak on Dr B R Ambedkar. The special officer began elaborating on the life, achievements, ideals and principles of Dr Ambekdar, one by one. Even after half an hour, the speaker did not end his speech.

When the MLA informed the organisers that he was supposed to proceed to another programme, the organisers in turn assured him that the speaker would be asked to wind up his speech to facilitate the MLA’s programme. Yet, the speaker did not conclude his speech.

The MLA could not wait any longer. He decided to leave the venue.
Even after the leader’s departure, however, the speaker continued his speech.

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