Mismanagement irks Kannada reps

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By Sangamesh Menasinakai

05th February 2011 04:27 AM

BANGALORE: The highly anticipated 77th Akhila Bharata Kannada Sahitya Sammelana disappointed hundreds of representatives and resource persons of sessions following mismanagement, indiscipline and total lack of a well organised strategy of the organisers on the inaugural day.

Scores of enthusiastic Kannadigas who arrived in the bus and railway stations in the early morning were left unattended. "When I reached Kempegowda Bus Stand, I could find the Mahiti Kendra (Information Centre) only but there was no information", Rajashekhar J M who will speak on RTI in the Sammelana, said.

The scene was even worse at Kannada Sahitya Parishat (Ka Sa Pa) in Chamarajpet. A large number of representatives were waiting for registration in counters. However, the Ka Sa Pa had opened only 34 counters and volunteers were sitting with no material and proper information. "We have been given nothing here. But people are scolding us. What shall we do?", a woman volunteer asked.

When people entered into the Ka Sa Pa office, Honorary Secretary H K Malaligowda was seen convincing people by saying "Kits will come within five minutes. Please cooperate". However, the representatives from across the state who were waiting from morning lost patience and blocked road the for half an hour to vent their ire. There was also a hectic verbal duels between drivers and protesters. Traffic police had a hectic time in managing the crowd.

Seniors writers like Ambatanaya Mudradi, who will be felicitated in Sammelana were wandering to know about their accomadation and badge. After two rounds of discussion with the organisers, another crowd rushed to the road and blocked the traffic at Makkala Koota and Pampa Maha Kavi Road junction. At a point, C K Ramegowda, President, Bangalore City Ka Sa Pa, lost his control and told the mob: "We don’t have anything here. You can complain it to any media

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