Mumbai: Kejriwal gets window seat in local train, commuters struggle

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
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  • Updated: Mar 14, 2014 10:35 IST
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    AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal travels in an auto after his arrival in Mumbai to campaign for party candidates ahead of Lok Sabha elections. (Satish Bate/HT ...

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    AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal interacts with party supporters on his arrival in Mumbai for campaigning ahead of Lok Sabha polls. (Satish Bate/HT Photo)

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    Aam Aadmi Party supporters travel in autos along with party leader Arvind Kejriwal who is in Mumbai to campaign for party candidates ahead of Lok ...

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    Crowd waits at Mumbai Airport ahead of Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal's arrival in the state for campaigning ahead of Lok Sabha polls. (Satish ...

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    Chaos at Mumbai Airport on the arrival of Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal in the state for campaigning ahead of Lok Sabha polls. (Satish ...

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    AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal in an auto on his way to Andheri station from Mumbai airport. (Satish Bate/HT Photo)

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    Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal on reaching Mumbai to campaign for party candidates ahead of Lok Sabha polls. (Satish Bate/HT Photo)

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    Aam Admi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal waves to his supporters during a road show in Mumbai ahead of Lok Sabha polls. (AFP Photo)

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    Aam Admi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal travels to Churchgate station on a local train in Mumbai for campaigning ahead of Lok Sabha polls. (AFP Photo)

To get a feel of the common man’s most common Mumbai experience, AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal travelled from Andheri to Churchgate in a packed second class compartment on Wednesday, during his visit to the city.

Kejriwal’s symbolic journey, however, caused all sorts of problems for regular commuters, with Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) supporters and policemen guarding the leader and preventing Mumbaiites from boarding the coach he was on.

To begin with, AAP organisers first stationed themselves opposite the luggage compartment. As the train arrived, there was some and confusion they finally chose another coach for Kejriwal. A struggle to get in ensued, forcing the train to delay its departure by at least 10 minutes.

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Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal waves to his supporters during a road show in Mumbai ahead of Lok Sabha polls. (AFP Photo)

As the train left Andheri, Kejriwal took a window seat. “He hardly talked during the journey. He preferred looking out of the window,” said AAP Lok Sabha candidate Mayank Gandhi.

However, several criticised the exercise. “The AAP needs to be sensitive to commuters. This disrupted the city’s routine,” said RTI activist Shailesh Gandhi.

The chaos followed Kejriwal to Churchgate station. Commuters were brushed aside while Kejriwal alighted.

And as the crowd surged, a metal detector at the station fell over and got damaged. Kejriwal changed his exit point to prevent another mishap, but already there was talk of an ulterior motive behind the incident.  Home minister RR Patil said there was a law that allowed for the recovery of money for loss of public property. “We will assess whether the damage done was accidental or purposeful, and take action accordingly,” he said.

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However, Gandhi tweeted, “There were many supporting commuters, volunteers, media and cops. In the surge to see Arvind, someone may have pushed the metal detector.

As he left, some youngsters showed him black flags, over his words against the media in the video leak issue.

Aam Aadmi Party supporters travel in autos along with party leader Arvind Kejriwal who is in Mumbai to campaign for party candidates ahead of Lok Sabha polls. (Satish Bate/HT Photo)

 

Chaos following Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal's arrival in Mumbai where the party chief is campaigning for party candidates ahead of Lok Sabha polls. (Satish Bate/HT Photo)

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