Cars festooned with brooms and posters carrying pictures of AAP leaders Arvind Kejriwal and HS Phoolka stole the limelight during the party chief ’s road show in support of the party’s Lok Sabha candidate in Ludhiana on Saturday.
The route for the road show was flooded with AAP volunteers wearing boat-shaped caps, which have become the identity of the party.
Interestingly, several people took off time from work to get a glimpse of Kejriwal and carried on with their comments in favour of and against the leader.
The public sentiment was writ large in its actions as large number of people welcomed Kejriwal and his brigade waving brooms in the air and raised AAP’s favourite slogan , “Aa gaya vi aa gaya jhaaru wala aa gaya…Chhaa gaya bi chha gaya jhaaru wala chha gaya…”
Taking time out of their busy schedules, various professionals, including doctors, also participated in the road show.
Dr GS Bajwa and his wife said, “We are ardent fans and supporters of leaders of AAP, including Kejriwal and Phoolka. Hence, it was our duty to spare time for this road show.” The couple was in a car and offered lift to many people who were on foot.
Unlike other established political parties, AAP did not make arrangements for any vehicles. Therefore, all volunteers and supporters had come on their own vehicles.
More and more people joined the road show as the cavalcade passed through Cheema Chowk, Samrala Bypass, Sang eet Cinema, Gill Road, bus stand, Haibowal and Ghumar Mandi.
Touched by the overwhelming response, Kejriwal thanked the people for showing warmth towards him and AAP. “Yeh aap logo ki party hai aur aap logo ke pyaar se hi hamein isko aage le jaane ki takat milti hai… (This is the common man’s party, and it’s your love that gives us the strength to move forward),” Kejriwal said, during an emotional speech.
Though volunteers tried hard to monitor traffic, they did not succeed in managing it well. Consequently, bottlenecks in several places caused inconvenience to the commuters.