Bengaluru, May 23: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who arrived in Bengaluru to attend the oath-taking ceremony of H D Kumaraswamy today, reprimanded a top cop because she had to walk a few metres to reach the venue. The swearing-in ceremony of Kumaraswamy was held on the grand steps of the state secretariat (Vidhana Soudha) and huge security arrangments were made as several national and regional leaders were among the attendees.
Mamata Banerjee was forced to walk a short distance to reach the Vidhana Soudha for the swearing-in, as a number of vehicles blocked the route to the venue. Visibly miffed Banerjee reprimanded Director General and Inspector General of Police (DG-IGP) Neelamani N Raju because she had to walk a few metres to reach Vidhana Soudha, reported news agency ANI. The Trinamool Congress chief also expressed discontentment to former prime minister H D Deve Gowda and his son Kumaraswamy. Neelamani Raju is the first DG-IGP of Karnataka.
In a video captured of her entering the venue of the swearing-in, a perturbed Mamata was seen gesturing her dismay to the female top cop. While proceeding towards the seating area, Mamata was seen once again in conversation with other leaders present there, in a disturbed manner, but went on to greet the dignitaries at the dais and the audience at the venue, after apparently being pacified by Deve Gowda and other leaders.
Mamata Banerjee Reprimands Karnataka Top Cop; Watch Video Below
On a related note, Kumaraswamy was sworn-in as the 24th chief minister of Karnataka on Wednesday, marking the beginning of the JD(S)-Congress alliance in the state. In the same ceremony, Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) President G. Parameshwara took oath as the state’s Deputy Chief Minister.