Rain plays spoilsport

Rain played a spoilsport at the JD(S)’ Muslim convention, which had attracted a large number of the community members from across the State. 

The community members began to descend on the Palace Grounds 10 am onwards, despite the drizzling. The pandal put up by the party was hardly enough to accommodate the crowd, which included merchants from Sunday bazaars and many fruits and vegetable markets across Bangalore. 

But the party did not stick to the schedule and this resulted in a lot of delay. The function, which was supposed to commence at 11 am, started at 12.30 pm. Besides, Muslim religious leaders made lengthy speeches, delaying the function.

By the time Kumaraswamy, who was the main and the last speaker, made his speech, it was 4 pm. 

Soon, it started to rain heavily and people began to leave the venue. Half of the crowd left the Palace Grounds due to the delay and rain. Efforts by Zameer Ahmed Khan to exhort the crowd to stay back went in vain.

No traffic jams

Despite the thousands of people at the Palace Grounds, the traffic police ensured that there was no major traffic jam in and around the venue. 

But the policemen inside the venue had a tough time managing the crowd as people started running helter-skelter when it began to rain heavily.

Gowda unhappy 

JD(S) chief H D Deve Gowda appeared to be very upset with Zameer Ahmed Khan when he criticised the Congress leaders, including Sonia Gandhi.

Gowda, who has of late managed to get closer to the Congress high command by extending his party’s support to the UPA nominee in the Presidential election, was huffing and puffing on the dais when Zameer Khan mentioned Congress leaders’ names. 

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