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Bypoll candidates derail traffic

Staff Reporter

Finance Minister Rosaiah caught in jam for over 10 minutes

-Photo: Mohd. Yousuf

caught unawares: The traffic jam on Khairatabad-Lakdikapul road, following the Congress candidate P. Vishuvardhan Reddy’s procession to file nomination paper on Wednesday.

HYDERABAD: Thousands of commuters got stranded for hours in the hot sun as candidates contesting the bypolls took out processions to file nominations here on Wednesday.

The slow moving convoys of the candidates, who filed nomination papers for Khairatabad constituency at the GHMC’s central zone office on the Khairatabad main road, threw traffic movement out of gear from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Hundreds of Congress party supporters accompanied candidate P. Vishnuvardhan Reddy thereby slowing down the traffic movement from Khairatabad junction to the GHMC office located near Nirankari bhavan.

The already crowded stretch from VV statue to Niranknari bhavan via Shadan College was further choked with party activists taking this route to reach the GHMC office on four-wheelers. Within minutes, the routes connected to Punjagutta, Somajiguda, Khairatabad flyover, Necklace road and Saifabad got crammed.

Attempts to divert the cars of party activists towards Prasad’s I-max theatre road further aggravated the situation as the cars turning left blocked those going from the junction to Shadan college side. With no other option, the traffic police closed the road leading from VV statue to Shadan college side.

Even Finance Minister K. Rosaiah, who was going home from Secretariat, got held up in the jam on the Necklace road for 10 minutes.

Just when Mr. Reddy’s supporters left the place, the Lok Satta party candidates came along with their supporters once again choking the road.

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