Shah’s convoy whizzes past BJP workers, many left upset

The BJP state unit had decided to welcome the BJP national president at six places along the route, a plan which was approved by Shah’s office. But except the Jolly Grant airport where he was welcomed by chief minister TS Rawat along with other leaders, Shah stopped at none of the pit stops.

dehradun Updated: Sep 19, 2017 21:22 IST
Nihi Sharma
Nihi Sharma
Hindustan Times
Uttarakhand,Dehradun,BJP
The traffic had to be diverted from busy roads as the BJP workers had blocked the traffic. (VINAY SANTOSH KUMAR/HT PHOTO)

DEHRADUN: Any hope of meeting with Amit Shah remained unfulfilled for hundreds of the party workers lined up along the road on Tuesday as the BJP head’s convoy whizzed past without making a single stop during its 30 km route from the airport to the city.

The BJP state unit had decided to welcome the BJP national president at six places along the route, a plan which was approved by Shah’s office. But except the Jolly Grant airport where he was welcomed by chief minister TS Rawat along with other leaders, Shah stopped at none of the pit stops.

The BJP made arrangements for Shah’s welcome at Doiwala, Rispana Bridge, Araghar Chowk, Survey Chowk and Dilaram junction. At all these spots, special arrangements were made where local workers gathered with garlands. A special stage was set up with the hope that Shah would at least address the supporters. Some had even arranged dancers.

But even after sweating for more than hour, the BJP workers could not even get a glimpse of their top leader . “We were hopeful that he would at least step out of his car and boost the morale of workers. But, he just passed by the entire arrangements at all points,” a BJP worker told Hindustan Times.

An insider who came along the fleet of Shah said “the BJP chief waved hands at the workers”. It’s been more than a month since the saffron party made arrangements for Shah’s two-day visit. BJP state head Ajay Bhatt informed media persons that Shah would be given a grand welcome.

Doonites battle traffic jams

The traffic came to a standstill sharp at 10.30 am when the police came to know that Shah’s convoy is nearing the city. Traffic was blocked at main Haridwar Road-Araghar-EC Road-Rajpur Road causing difficulties to locals. The BJP members were seen flouting traffic rules. Donning saffron scarf around their neck, they bypassed the police barricade without wearing helmets.

Sarabjit Kaur, whose child’s school got over at 11 am because of ongoing half yearly examinations, struggled to negotiate through the traffic jam on EC Road to reach the school on Subhash Road. “They could have either diverted the regular traffic or have asked the VIP to take an alternate route. The police simply blocked the traffic instead of diverting it.”

For the police, it was a hectic day. “There was inconvenience to locals for few minutes, but we immediately resumed traffic once he (Shah) passed through the route,” circle officer, traffic, Jaya Baluni said.

First Published: Sep 19, 2017 21:21 IST