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Supporters create chaos in Jaipur

Taking a cue from the Ad Asia caption, ?bend the rules", supporters of political leaders and parties have created chaos on the roads of Pink city.

india Updated: Nov 14, 2003 20:22 IST

Convoys accompanying candidates who are here in the Pink City to file their nominations for the forthcoming Assembly elections have got down to some serious implementation of the Ad Asia caption, “bend the rules”.

Though the Election Commission has clear directions that no candidate can bring more than three vehicles in their rally, city commuters were the witnesses to the violation of these rules. Throughout the day, all major roads heading to the Collectorate Circle remained jammed as tens and thousands of supporters came loaded in minibuses, cars and two-wheelers, throwing city traffic out of gear.

The rally of Kishan Pole candidate Mahesh Joshi was one example of the “bent” rules. Hindustan Times traced the proceedings of his rally from Khasakothi to Collectorate. For a journey, which otherwise takes barely two minutes, traffic was held up for more than half an hour as not less than 10 Minibuses and about 20 cars hogged the space for other commuters. Not only this, the unending number of rally men also tried to hamper traffic flow by stopping other commuters, some also indulging in a brawl.

Shivraj Singh Rathore, who was on his way to Jhotwara on a two-wheeler, said: “I have no other option but to take the wrong side and go. I can’t stand here endlessly.”

Earlier in the day, candidates coming from places in Jaipur (Rural) also brought supporters in large numbers who were loaded in tempos, cars and jeeps blocking traffic at Badi Chopad and Chandpole. Rallies of Udai Singh Rathore contesting from Bani Park, Ghansham Tiwari contesting from Sanganer and Kali Charan Saraf standing from Johri Bazar also bent the rules.

Quite surprisingly, the election officers didn’t seem to see the traffic blues at all, with the chief election officer himself not being aware of their own rules. When asked by Hindustan Times as to how many vehicles could a candidate bring, District Collector Sudhansh Pant said: “I am somewhere outside and I don’t quite know the exact rules. You can speak to my Deputy Election Officer for correct details.”

Deputy Election Officer UD Khan, diplomatically answering the queries said: “No complaint has been received so far. Our officers are out in the field and an action shall be taken against those found guilty for breach of election code of conduct.”

Prosecution may be done against those who may be found guilty, but who suffers at the end is the public.

First Published: Nov 14, 2003 20:22 IST