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Know why Arvind Kejriwal's first 'Janta Darbar' flopped

New Delhi:  Balwinder Kaur, 85, who has arthritis and supports herself with a walking stick, braved the winter chill early Saturday morning to get a vantage point outside the Delhi Secretariat where the 'people's chief
India TV News Desk January 11, 2014 21:33 IST
India TV News Desk
New Delhi:  Balwinder Kaur, 85, who has arthritis and supports herself with a walking stick, braved the winter chill early Saturday morning to get a vantage point outside the Delhi Secretariat where the 'people's chief minister' Arvind Kejriwal held his much-publicised 'Janta Darbar', or people's court. However, she was left disappointed.

Eager to pour her heart out, Kaur, a resident of west Delhi's Naraina, had reached the venue as early as 7 a.m. despite the scheduled time being 9:30 a.m.

"I knew that a lot of people would come here so I reached early and also got a seat in the front. But just after 9 a.m. hundreds of people came from all directions breaking the barricades," Kaur told IANS. "I wanted to meet the CM but could not due to the massive rush," added the disappointed octogenarian who lives alone in her second floor flat which has not been getting adequate water supply for the last six months.

The first public meeting was held on the main road outside the secretariat. Barricades had been erected on the road divider. On one side was Kejriwal and his team of ministers facing the numerous complainants seated on chairs waiting for their turn while hundreds more pushed, shoved and jostled from behind the barricades, ultimately breaking them.

As the overwhelming crowd swarmed Kejriwal, some even climbing the tables and chairs around him, police personnel whisked him inside the secretariat sensing the growing restiveness of the people and a possible stampede.

The crowd then turned to cabinet minister Manish Sisodia who too beat a hasty retreat.