Congress's door-to-door campaign did not start as the party expected it to be. Instead, Minister TB Jayachandra was shown the doors by the residents of Sira, when he tried to connect to people after a gap of four-and-a-half years.
The residents of Chirathahalli in Tumakuru district stopped Minister TB Jayachandra from entering the village. The senior Congress leader was visiting his Constituency in Sira taluk, Tumakuru district under the Party's door-to-door campaign.
But there was a catch as it was the first time he was visiting the Constituency after getting elected, four-and-a-half years ago. As the villagers got the news of TB Jayachandra's arrival, they waited for him on the road.
If the minister was in an impression that they stood there in great numbers to welcome him, he was wrong. In fact, they did not even allow him to get, down from his car and speak to them.
Instead, they started pouring in the list of problems and expressed their disappointment that no development work was conducted in the Chirathahalli village. The village had bad roads, no proper transportation facility, water problem and so on. But the Minister had never asked about the needs of the people of his Constituency nor had done anything for the village.
Thus the event which was supposed to be a door-to-door programme to speak to the electorate by visiting every home personally ended up in the opening and closing the door of the car Minister TB Jayachandra travelled in.
He was not allowed to walk into the village. But after speaking for half-an-hour with the protesting residents, Jayachandra convinced them that measures would be taken to solve the civic problems in the village and continued with the door-to-door campaign.
Thus, though the programme started with a glitch, the minister managed the situation and made way into his constituency and carried on with the Congress programme.