Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi Friday landed in Mumbai to meet party officials. The visit caused some traffic disruption, sparking comments on micro blogging site Twitter.
In his first visit to the state after being appointed the party vice president, Gandhi met with senior leaders and junior party workers, including parliamentarians, legislators, municipal corporators and chiefs from the six district units at the party headquarters in Dadar in central Mumbai.
Gandhi was accompanied by Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan, state Congress chief Manikrao Thakre and AICC in-charge Mohan Prakash for the meeting.
Meanwhile, enraged Mumbaikars took to micro-blogging site Twitter to express their agony over blocked roads and rows of hoardings announcing Gandhi's visit.
"Has this country lost it??? Roads from the airport Bombay closed owing to Rahul Gandhi's arrival so what's that crap about 'aam aadmi'??" tweeted actor and author Suhel Seth.
"Rahul Gandhi on every illegal hoarding in Mumbai. Has he won us a battle that we are welcoming him. Or is it his 1st time ever in Mumbai," tweeted another hassled commuter, Ashwin Iyer.
Traffic police officials, however, refuted the claims made on Twitter, stating that the traffic was stalled barely for 10 minutes, which is standard for VVIP visits.
Later in the day, Gandhi is set to attend an extended executive meeting of the Mumbai Regional Congress Committee.
According to a party official, Gandhi is also likely to seek views of party leaders on appointments to various key posts, at the Mumbai, district and state levels, which have been pending since some time.
Here are a few Twitter reactions:
Has this country lost it??? Roads from the airport Bombay closed owing to Rahul Gandhi's arrival so what's that crap about 'aam aadmi??
— SUHEL SETH (@suhelseth) March 1, 2013
Hundreds of cops standing around aimlessly.Thousands of ILLEGAL posters/banners welcoming Rahul Gandhi to Mumbai.Tax money put to good use.
— José Covaco (@HoeZaay) March 1, 2013
Rahul Gandhi is on every tree, every pole, every street light, actually every possible place in Mumbai. Defacing Mumbai, Rahul Gandhi style
— Jiten Gajaria (@jitengajaria) March 1, 2013
Aam Aadmi ke Sath??Roads from the Mumbai airport closed owing to Rahul Gandhi's arrival.
— subodh khanna (@subodh1945) March 1, 2013
Ghastly posters defacing Mumbai add to that traffic jams. Welcome to Mumbai Shri Rahul Gandhi.
— Ravindra (@ravirao83) March 1, 2013