Ministers leave Soudha deserted

Ministers leave Soudha deserted

Political tamasha

Monday saw just two ministers attending office at Vidhana Soudha. Barring a couple of ministers, the rest were on the streets to stage a dharna against the Governor.
The Legislature building, which otherwise sees hectic activity all through the day, has been in deep slumber for the past few days, leaving the visitors disappointed.

One such disappointed senior citizen is Fathima Sheik Begum from Bijapur. Begum (83) has been frequenting Vidhana Soudha for the past three days to sort out problems related to her pension.

She said that she stopped receiving her pension three months ago, and after knocking on the doors of the district administration, she decided to come to Bangalore, where her youngest daughter works as a daily wage worker. Together, they have been running around Vidhana Soudha, but to no avail.

"I have no strength left in me to come back here again. I will go back to my village and sort this out," says Begum dejectedly.

Tens of visitors, including the physically challenged, who are in desperate need of administrative help, are being shunned away unceremoniously.

The Vidhana Soudha staff, however, has all the time to tittle-tattle. From security guards being huddled in groups to senior officials closeted in their offices, the fate of the B S Yeddyurappa-led government is the only topic of discussion.