Soon after the incident drew flak, the CM issued orders to not stop ambulances to make way for his convoy.

Ambulance stopped to make way for Karnataka CMs convoy Siddarmaiah issues orders
news Politics Friday, May 05, 2017 - 08:22

Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah's convoy sparked a controversy on Tuesday, when an ambulance was stopped for a few minutes to make way for his convoy in Bengaluru. 

According to The Times of India, Siddarmaiah's convoy was entering Ravindra Kalakeshtra for Bhagiratha Jayanthi celebrations on JC road, a little past 6.45 pm, when an ambulance headed to Corporation Circle was stopped for at least three minutes. The event was organized by the Kannada and Culture department. 

The report states that while senior police officers present at the spot refused to comment, City Police Commissioner Praveen Sood ordered an inquiry into the incident. 

As the senior Congress leader drew flak over his "VIP culture" that has been on display more than once in the past, CM Siddaramaiah on Thursday, directed the police not to block any ambulance to make way for his convoy. 

“I was not aware of the incident (of traffic police stopping an ambulance). I learnt about it from the media reports. I had directed the police not to stop ambulances. Still the incident has happened unexpectedly,” Deccan Herald quoted Siddarmaiah as saying. 

The report states that the police officials have been given directions to make sure that such incidents are not repeated in the future. 

Notably, this is not the first time Karnataka Chief Minister has been in the middle of a controversy. Earlier in February, a similar incident occurred in Hoskote, when an ambulance with a critical patient on board was stopped for 30 minutes to make way for the CM's convoy. 

The senior Congress leader also drew flak in December last year, when a video of a man kneeling down to tie the CM's shoe laces went viral, drawing much flak from political circles. 

 

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