Arvind Kejriwal leaves his first Janata Darbar midway due to ‘stampede-like’ situation


Even as Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has opened the doors of his office for common men, there was chaos at his Janata Darbar on Saturday morning as thousands of people arrived at the venue with their grievances.

Despite adequate security measures, the situation became so uncontrollable that the Chief Minister himself had to appeal to the crowd to cooperate with the authorities. This even as all the roads leading to the secretariat were barricaded and only pedestrians were allowed.

Following the incident, Kejriwal had to leave the venue. Speaking to reporter, Kejriwal said that there was a ‘stampede-like’ situation. He, however, thanked people for support and assured that would resume his Janata Darbar in a couple of days after ensuring adequate arrangements.

“We will have to improve the arrangements.If I had not left the place then there was a possibility of a stampede.

Everybody wanted to meet me. We will streamline the system so that a similar situation does not recur,” he said.

“We will improve the system. I will sit with the officers and make necessary arrangements,” he told reporters.

On Friday, the Chief Minister had announced that the entire cabinet would sit in front of the Delhi Secretariat on Saturdays to receive grievances from people and efforts would be made to solve them immediately. On weekdays, one minister will receive grievances from the public.

“Public grievance is another major issue. It is a major issue for any government. It is the duty of every government to resolve those grievances. Public grievance is just a symptom, the disease lies somewhere else,” Kejriwal had said.

Grievances will be segregated into five categories depending upon their urgencies.

“The urgent cases related to school admission or admission to a hospital will be resolved on the spot. In the next category, ministers will mention the time frame to resolve the grievance.

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