BJP celebrates Modi win, rush hour traffic suffers
Hundreds of commuters had to face traffic snarls, as the city's BJP unit took to the streets to celebrate their party's victory in the Gujarat Assembly elections yesterday. Party workers thronged to the busy Appa Balwant Chowk at 11.30 am, throwing the traffic out of gear, which caused inconvenience to office-goers.
Around 500 BJP workers held a victory rally, and offered sweets to residents as news began to trickle in that Gujarat CM Narendra Modi’s was heading for a landslide victory. But, since it was peak hours and many schools surround the area, the procession created a commotion for more than half-an-hour.
Meghana Shastry, an office-goer who was caught in the chaos, said, “I reached my office late due to the traffic snarl at Jogeshwari Temple Chowk after BJP workers were celebrating Modi’s victory on the streets. They were also playing the dhol-tasha, and there was a traffic jam.”
Faraskhana Police, however, said that the party’s city unit had taken permission for the procession that kicked off from Kasba Peth and ended at the party office at Appa Balwant Chowk.
Another resident, on condition of anonymity, said that although the party’s city unit had taken permission, it did not mean that they could hassle residents with the noise pollution.
BJP worker Shripad Dhekane said, “We are ready to apologise for the inconvenience. However, for party workers irrespective of whatever state they are belong to, Modiji is like a family member, and therefore party workers got a bit excited while celebrating his victory.”
Faraskhana police informed that some party officials had approached the police station half-an-hour before the rally to seek the permission.
According to the police, they permitted only one jeep and two trailers to be used in the procession. Police officials further said that they also told party officials not to cause any chaos on the streets during the procession.