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Arvind Kejriwal in Mumbai: Jansabha starts at Vikhroli, Arvind Kejriwal targets Narendra Modi

Wednesday, 12 March 2014 - 2:00pm IST Updated: Wednesday, 12 March 2014 - 6:19pm IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: dna webdesk

Keeping true to his image, AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal travelled like the 'aam aadmi' in Mumbai. He is in the city as part of a three day campaign in Maharashtra for Lok Sabha elections. While in the city, he has insisted on travelling like the locals making use of the city's lifelines, the auto rickshaws and railways. After landing at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Kejriwal used an auto-rickshaw to go to Andheri station, only to then take a suburban train to Churchgate. He wanted to be able to interact with the commuters on board during his train journey.
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Live Updates of Arvind Kejriwal's Mumbai visit:

*Around 544 people are watching the event live on Google hangouts. 

*We want to establish politics of love in India: Arvind Kejriwal. 

*Reservation is important for people and communities to develop: Arvind Kejriwal. 

*Arvind Kejriwal: we are not against reservation but with it. 

*I am shocked at the amount of corruption prevalent in Maharashtra. 

*Dont focus on Shazia Ilmi and my tiff but on failure in industrial development. 

Watch live here: 


*Arvind Kejriwal: Whatever fights happen between Kumar Vishwas and Me are household matters. 

*Arvind Kejriwal: 800 farmers have committed suicide in Modi's rule. No farmers will vote for him. 

*We got rid of corruption in 49 days and Modi could not do it in 11 years says Arvind Kejriwal.  

*"Media bada gadbad hai", says Arvind Kejriwal. 

*We will send all these corrupt officials and politicos to jail says Arvind Kejriwal. 

* Arvind Kejriwal: We are here and believe in politics of morals. Compares his style of governance to Lal Bahadur Shastri. 

*People ask me about resignation and its the first time in India that people are sad with our resignation: Arvind Kejriwal. 

*A survey by leading publication stated that corruption was negligible when AAP was in power: Arvind Kejriwal. 

*Arvind Kejriwal: I ordered probe into sikh riots probe and SIT formation. 


*"This country is run by Mukesh Ambani", says Arvind Kejriwal. 


*Arvind Kejriwal targets Modi and Ambani allaince. 

* When we filed complaint against Mukesh Ambani, both Congress-BJP joined hands. 

*Arvind Kejriwal, "Chai bechne waale ke paas helicopter kaha se aaya?". 


*"Narendra Modi travels in Mukesh Ambani's helicopters and planes" says Arvind Kejriwal. 

*Arvind Kejriwal, "I wrote a letter to Modi but go no response. I was a CM for 49 days, but got no response". 


*Arvind Kejriwal targets oil pricing and corruption by Congress. 

*Arvind Kejriwal targets left parties and their alliance. 

*Arvind Kejriwal takes a dig at media and BJP's India shining campaign. 

*"We have to defeat Kapil Sibal, Yedurappa, Narendra Modi, Sharad Pawar and all corrupt ministers", says Arvind Kejriwal. 

*Arvind Kejriwal takes on media. Says, "Besharmo! You television people keep targetting AAP. We will repeat history at the centre government". 

*Arvind Kejriwal takes on the stage. Targets Congress and BJP. Says, "It is said that Modiji has wave. But, after our resignation, i travelled to Haryana and could not find any wave". 

*The wave is for change and public is angry- Arvind Kejriwal. 

*Mayank Gandhi takes on the stage. Says, "Kapil Sibal challenged Arvind Kejriwal to join politics. Now weare showing the change". 

*The government has to follow Vishakha guidelines and implement guide-lines for minorities says Medha patkar. 

*Arvind Kejriwal welcomed with a shawl. 


*Medha Patkar calls women voters to vote for AAP. Asks 80% voters to particpate and remembers Babasaheb Ambedkar. 

*Medha Patkar takes on Raj Thackeray and Narendra Modi at the rally. 

*Politicians have no time for public: Medha Patkar. 

*"We brought electricity to slums from Tata", says Medha Patkar.


*1,580 people are watching the event live on Google hangouts. 

*Medha Patkar talks about 'Hirnandani' scams and raids. 

*Medha Patkar talks about corruption during elections and how state government ignores tribals and poor. Calls AAP as 'Aam Aurat Party'. She says, "we oppose LBT tax'. 


*"We have challenge to change India's politics and AAP has accepted it", says Medha Patkar. 

*Medha Patkar talks about adarsh scams. 

*Medha Patkar takes on the stage with slogans like, "Medha tai aage badho". 

*Naresh Thakur from Kalyan takes on the stage. Says, all political parties want to take down Arvind Kejriwal from the political scenario. 

*People react to chaos created by AAP on Twitter. 

*Sunday to Monday, Jhoot bole Munde' say AAP leaders at rally in Mumbai. 

*Medha Patkar arrives at Vikhroli amidst huge choas. 

*As the Mahasabha starts, Sanjeev Sane addresses the crowd. Meera Sanyal, Arvind Kejriwal and Mayank Gandhi presemt on dais. 

*While the police estimates of crowd are less, AAP claims a large-turnout at Vikhroli. 

*A total of 1,183 people are watching the event LIVE on Google hangouts, 


*Arvind Kejriwal starts addressing the crowd, black flags shown during his mumbai journey. 

*Nearly 100 police officers have been deployed from Vikhroli police station to prevent mishaps at Arvind Kejriwal's Mumbai rally. 


Chaos, black flags mark Kejriwal's journey in Mumbai

*Arvind Kejriwal starts his Jansabha at Vikhroli. 

*AAP starts its jansabha with 'Vande Mataram' as a mini Arvind Kejriwal takes the stage. 



*While Mayank Gandhi blames Mumbai police for not taking enough measures, AAP has been told to reimburse for all the damages done by the party workers in the city. 


Arvind Kejriwal arrives at Nana Chowk escorted by a human chain. Kejriwal begins rally, along with Meera Sanyal, in a green jeep from Nana Chowk. Police personnel confirm that the rally is heading towards Byculla.

*Metal detectors damaged at Churchgate station. 

Medha Patkar and Meera Sanyal lead a rally at Grant Road station #KejriwalInMumbai pic.twitter.com/TpJjsgSMKI

— INDIA KI JARURAT AAP (@AAP_AKhOlic) March 12, 2014

Kejriwal rally to start from Nana Chowk near grant road railway station. Track here.

*  Medha Patkar arrives at Nana Chowk:

*  Track Arvind Kejriwal's Mumbai visit LIVE with this personalised map

Due to the lack of permissions the meet at Azad maidan stands to be cancelled. Kejriwal heads off to Nana Chowk in his WagonR. 

Crowd at Churchgate station pushed through multiple metal detectors, damaging the infrastructure.

Several daily commuters, when informed about Kejriwal’s plan to arrive at Churchgate station, expressed disapproval and were heard calling the AAP chief a publicity hungry politician. 

*In the train, cops were stationed at each of the doors of the train compartment.

*The police, at several stations like Vile Parle and Mahalaxmi, for security reasons did not allow crowds to enter the already jam packed train.

*Supporters, wearing the trademark AAP cap, were also spotted dangerously hanging outside the train and cheering for the party and its leaders. 

*Arvind Kejriwal reaches Churchgate station, but was unable to get off the train because the crowds waiting to see him. 

People then had to create a human chain to escort him outside the station:

@dna squished by the crowd. Kejriwal is escorted outside the station by forming a human chain. Via @DNA_IamIn #ivote2014

— YoshitaSengupta (@YoshitaSengupta) March 12, 2014

* To the many who questioned if whether, Kejriwal purchased a ticket, AAP members confirmed that a ticket had been brought for him prior to his arrival.

Police inside the train, restrict entry of people in the compartment. People, on the other hand, tried to get into the train just to get a glimpse of him.

More pictures:

Kejriwal boards the slow train, scheduled to stop at all station. AAP supporters will be hopping on to the train from every station

Kejriwal addressed the crowd at Andheri station:

Chaos at Andheri station as Kejriwal arrives to catch a train to Churchgate from platform 2. A police constable confirmed that 25 railway police men had been stationed at Churchgate station, while 150 policemen were to provide Kejriwal security in south Mumbai. 

Arvind Kejriwal has arrived in Mumbai, and as stated earlier he took an auto rickshaw to Andheri station.

AAP explains his reasons for taking the auto, stating, "It is the fastest way to travel to Andheri station."

Overheard by Journalists while covering AAP rally in Mumbai: 

*AAP volunteers at Churchgate Station heard screaming at constables asking them to do their duty well and stop the media.

*An excited, anxious yet angry middle-aged working professional, who works at Nariman Point, was overheard expressing discontent at Kejriwal’s delayed arrival at Churchgate station. He was waiting at the station and stalling his boss just to get a glimpse of the AAP chief.

*Women employed at the Western Railway’s Churchgate office kept coming to the platform in frequent breaks hoping to catch a glimpse of Kejriwal.

*A cobbler at Churchgate station was heard saying, AAP wala aap aap karta hai, pata nai hum kab karega.

*A police constable, posted at the rally, when asked if he was going to follow the rally till Byculla said, “What about us, we’ll have to follow him (Kejriwal) like a baarati follows a groom perched on a horse.”

*A commuter was heard saying, “Darr ke aage jeet hai, Dadar ke aage seat hain.”

*A commuter was heard saying, “We are not interested which train he takes and when he goes to loo. What he is doing is only Tamasha!”

*A bunch of boys perched on a compound wall of a building, which was on the road in South Mumbai on which AAP was canvassing, on seeing Kejriwal shouted out, “Bhaiyya (referring to Kejriwal), will you also provide Aam Daaru (alcohol) to the Aam Aadmi?”

*Amit Singh, a 29 year-old IT professional skipped an important 11.30 am meeting when he found out that Kejriwal was coming.

“Members of Cong and BJP planted people at various spots to intentionally create chaos and give AAP a bad name,” said AAP volunteers.

*An Aam Aadmi seated at the Suvidha Desk at Churchgate station asked a lady constable stationed opposite him, “How many media interviews have you given today? I’ve given seven.” Constable smiled at him and said, “Shut up, I’ve been busy at work since morning, unlike you.”

*A constable stationed at Churchgate said, “We can’t get BJP into power because human life is more important than anything else. Nobody can defeat Milind Deora from Mumbai South but Maharashtra this time is going to the Shiv Sena.”

*Ä reporter from a national news channel said, “People should show the mobs manhandling women, even the parties should realise how such unplanned rallies can have a bad effect on locals.”


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