Citizens see red over saffron rally

 The cheered, but weary-looking Yeddyurappa, who arrived at the airport at around 5.45 pm from New Delhi, was given a thorough welcome by his party workers.

The workers literally swept their hero off his feet and carried him to the open jeep shouting: “Yeddyurappanavarige jayavagali”.

Pledging that he would work day and night for the development of the State, Yeddyurappa said his trust was not betrayed by the Congress leaders in the Centre.

“The Opposition parties in the State hatched several conspiracies to oust me, but thanks to the Prime Minister, Home Minister and the President for upholding the Constitution and bringing me justice. I am very grateful to them,” were Yeddyurappa words, before he embarked on his victory rally towards the BJP party office in Malleswaram.

Flanked by ministers V Somanna, M P Renukacharya, R Ashoka and Shobha Karandlaje, Yeddyurappa hogged the limelight, leaving no scope for other party leaders to take credit for the BJP government’s victory over Raj Bhavan. The procession, which commenced at the airport, went through Malleswaram via Hebbal and Mekhri circle junction.

Though traffic police personnel tried desperately to ensure that the procession did not affect traffic, those returning home from work were left seething with frustration between 6 pm and 7.30 pm.

Earlier in the day, jubilant BJP workers continued their celebration by bursting crackers and distributing sweets a day after the Central government rejected Governor H R Bhardwaj's special report recommending the imposition of President’s Rule in the State.
At the party’s headquarters in Malleswaram, the celebrations were led by Home Minister R Ashoka. BJP legislators and workers waved party flags, burst crackers and shouted anti-Governor slogans.

Ashoka said the Governor had no right to continue in the office as he had acted in a partisan manner.

He said the Central government’s rejection of Bhardwaj’s report was a victory of the people and for democracy.

Celebrations were also held at various Assembly constituencies and in various parts of the State.

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