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For a change, the seat of power in State looked different

Staff Reporter

With Ministers and officials away in Gulbarga it appeared as if the Government had shifted there



A GOOD BREAK: A scene at one of the floors in the Vidhana Soudha. — Photo: V. Sreenivasa Murthy

BANGALORE: It looked as though the capital of Karnataka has been shifted from Bangalore to Gulbarga.

Vidhana Soudha, which wore a deserted look, welcomed the regular visitors, including presspersons covering the Secretariat beat, and the occasional visitors, with an eerie silence on Wednesday as a majority of the Ministers, their camp followers and officials were away in Gulbarga attending the marriage of Ajay Singh, son of Chief Minister N. Dharam Singh.

Attendance poor

In the absence of top officials, attendance in some of the offices was poor.

At some offices, on all the three floors of the Vidhana Soudha, only a handful of employees were seen either working or engaged in chatting or sauntering on the corridors.

No crowd

The regular rush generally seen at the Minister's chambers where members of the public generally throng, especially <129>in the late afternoons, to get their work done, expedited or cleared was absent for obvious reasons.

Although many offices of the Ministers were closed, the scene at the office of the Minister of State for Rural Water Supply, B. Sathyanarayana, attracted onlookers as schoolchildren along with their teachers were seen awaiting the arrival of the Minister.

Disappointment

The children, who were from the Minister's Assembly constituency of Sira in Tumkur district, were on an excursion to the State capital.

Overwhelmed by the imposing exterior and the vast interiors, the children were longing to see the Assembly hall and the Chief Minister's chamber.

They were hoping that they would get the permission to see them as they hail from the Minister's constituency.

Relaxed security

The scene was not much different at the outer premises of the Vidhana Soudha that was marked by the hovering clouds, relaxed security and sparse vehicular movement.

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