It was the morning of Thursday. The new Chief Minister was in Hubballi for the first time. Everyone expected a resounding greeting from BJP workers, but to everyone’s surprise, just a few known leaders of Hubballi-Dharwad city BJP were present at the airport to greet the CM.
His visit lacked excitement; he was not greeted warmly or in accordance with public expectations. In a nutshell, it was bland.
In contrast, Karnataka Congress In Charge Randeep Singh Surjewala, Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Assembly Siddaramaiah, and KPCC President DK Shivakumar arrived in the city in the evening. The members of Congress greeted them warmly. The excitement in Congress Party workers was at an all-time high. Slogans hailing their leaders reached the sky, they rained petals, and the whole Gokul Road had traffic congestion for a few minutes due to the large number of party workers who turned out to welcome their leaders.