Bengaluru: Loud drum beats and deafening crackers made people come running out of their houses in New Thippasandra and Malleshpalya on Friday afternoon. Only when they came out, they realised it was BJP candidate S. Raghu who was campaigning in their areas.
Many residents of C.V. Raman Nagar constituency, of which Thippasandra is a part, said that Raghu has not attended to many of their problems, including flooding of roads and homes during the last rainy season.
Sagai Raj, a resident of New Thippasandra, said that uprooted trees have made life miserable for the residents. "Traffic has increased manifold in recent years. These politicians show their faces once in five years and stay away from the public rest of the time. Many residents don't even know who their legislator is and what developmental work he has done," he said.
But a few others said that Raghu has worked hard in the constituency. Mallikarjun K., a resident of Malleshpalya, said that that the roads have been repaired and the drains redone. Though there was some inconvenience when the work was under progress, it was borne well by the residents as it was good for the areas in the long run. Drain works will ensure that there is no flooding in the future, he said.
Hundreds of Raghu's supporters and BJP workers shouted slogans and urged voters to exercise their franchise in favour of the sitting MLA. They claimed that because of Raghu's efforts, the area is safe and has recorded low crime rate.
The campaign took off from New Thippasandra Main Road and went through Malleshpalya, where he greeted residents and shopkeepers. Over 100 followers, wearing orange caps, waved party flags. They were accompanied by drummers....