Normal life was thrown out of gear on the last day of filing nominations for assembly election with the city witnessing worst ever traffic jam from all sides on Thursday.
The life came to a grinding halt at many places due to unprecedented traffic jam on different routes like Lanka-Gadaulia, Gadaulia-Chauk, Maidagin-Kabirchaura, Lahuraveer-Kacheheri, Bhelupur-Sigra, Cant-Kacheheri and on several other routes of Trans-Varuna area.
Thursday being the last day for filing nomination papers, over 40 candidates are reported to have filed their nominations till afternoon for seven assembly constituencies of Varanasi.
Normal traffic was thrown out of gear since morning as almost all the prominent routes, leading to the district headquarters remained jammed due to long processions following the candidates. The traffic scenario in the city remained grim till Thursday evening.
School goers and office goers faced a lot of problems to reach their respective destinations. School busses remained stranded for several hours in the traffic snarls. School kids had to bear the brunt of the jam who kept sweating in the scorching heat for hours together. The patients and their attendants suffered a lot to reach hospitals for treatment.
Those people who remained trapped in the traffic jam were seen cursing the political parties for this mess - who make show of their strength on nomination filing occasions.