During the Congress-JDS rule, Deputy chief minister Dr G Parameshwara was labeled as the `Zero Traffic Parameshwara’ because of his penchant to get traffic stopped when he travelled. This in a city like Bengaluru, notorious for its slow-moving traffic and traffic jams, was akin to a crime because it showed insensitivity and arrogance of the highest order.
Cut to newly appointed Deputy chief minister Dr Ashwath Narayan. One of his first pronouncements has been to say he does not need zero traffic. Being a Bengalurean, Narayan obviously understands the sentiment of fellow citizens and the outrage such a move would provoke.
Kannada news channel Public TV reported that all the three deputy CMs – Ashwath Narayan, Laxman Savadi and Govind Karjol – have been directed by the High command not to ask for zero traffic privilege.