Pissing protest


Vattal Nagaraj is an angry man. Peeved at the inadequate number of public toilets in Bangalore, he has threatened to pee in front of the residence of the Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa. The Hindu reports:

Kannada Chalavali Vatal Paksha president has reiterated that he would continue his unique protest of “urinating” in front of residences of dignitaries to draw the attention of State Government to build sufficient number of public toilets, from March 7.

“The Governor, the Chief Minister, the Chief Justice and the Chief Secretary should leave their air-conditioned offices and join me in a walk to Lalbagh to find public toilets,” he said at a press conference on Wednesday. “On March 7, with all my supporters and citizens, I am going to pee in front of the residence of Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa. I will also do it in front of the houses of all MPs, MLAs, MLCs and the elected members of zilla panchayats, taluk panchayats and other local governments,” Mr. Nagaraj said.

It may be recalled that, earlier this year, Mr. Nagaraj had tried to urinate in front of Raj Bhavan. He was arrested by the city police.

I believe this is the only way of protest left for the citizens to express their anguish. The political and administrative class has gone in the passive mode and do not bother at all about the common people at all. This holds true for Shimla city also as the town is in a pretty bad shape. There is no provision of proper garbage collection and disposal system and the city roads are in a poor shape for the past n number of years. I guess, we Shimla residents will too have to adopt these ‘novel’ ways of protests.

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