Mad rush, chaos, black flags as Kejriwal takes local to woo ‘aam aadmi’
Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal on wednesday took a suburban train here as he kicked off his Maharashtra tour
Mumbai: Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal on wednesday took a suburban train here as he kicked off his Maharashtra tour, but the ride was far from smooth.
Passengers trying to board the slow local from suburban Andheri to Churchgate were inconvenienced as Kejriwal got into the train along with his senior party colleagues and AAP workers.
When the AAP leader finally reached Churchgate, there was a mad rush with commuters and onlookers jostling for a glimpse of Kejriwal.
Among the crowd was also a group of youths who showed black flags to Kejriwal as he was leaving the station.
They said they did not belong to any organisation but were students who were protesting against Kejriwal’s alleged “media management” as seen in a leaked video of him on YouTube in which he appears to tell a news anchor to highlight parts of
Earlier, while a posse of media personnel did manage to board the same compartment as Kejriwal, a protective ring thrown around the AAP leader by his party workers meant there was no interaction with reporters.
Incidentally, the formal media interaction Kejriwal had scheduled here this afternoon has been cancelled.
At Churchgate, many people, including some from the media, were almost squeezed in the rush as Kejriwal made his way outside the station to head to a private fundraiser at Nariman Point in South Mumbai.
Metal detectors at the station were toppled in the heavy rush as AAP workers made their way out.
Kejriwal lands in Mumbai; takes auto to board local train
The AAP chief then boarded the city’s lifeline Mumbai local, to travel to Churchgate station in south Mumbai.
Kejriwal passed through AAP leader Mayank Gandhi’s constituency while on his way to the station. Gandhi is contesting the Lok Sabha polls against Congress MP Gurudas Kamat.
Kejriwal is scheduled to attend a private fund-raising meeting, after which he will start another road show traversing the Mumbai South and Mumbai North East constituencies.
AAP candidates Meera Sanyal, a former banker, and activist Medha Patkar are respectively contesting from the two constituencies.
AAP, contesting its first Lok Sabha elections, is looking at Mumbai as a major target after Delhi, where it formed a government for little less than two months with outside support from the Congress.
The party is also targeting the Maharashtra Assembly elections due later this year.
Kejriwal is also scheduled to attend a fund-raising dinner at a luxury hotel in Nagpur tomorrow, where the price tag is reportedly Rs 10,000 per person.