Arvind Kejriwal made a grand opening of his Lok Sabha campaign in Maharashtra but amid chaos with thousands of supporters trying to catch a glimpse of the Aam Aadmi Party leader. The next day the Mumbai Police registered an FIR against the highly popular leader and his supporters on the charge of unlawful assembly outside the domestic airport in Mumbai.
“Kejriwal and his supporters had assembled outside the airport just after he landed from Delhi. The assembly was in violation of the order duly promulgated by police that more than five persons cannot assemble in a place without police permission,” said a police officer this Thursday. Kejriwal and his supporters have been booked under Section 188 (Disobedience to order promulgated by public servant), Section 143 (Unlawful assembly). ‘We have also registered an FIR under the sections of Bombay Police Act and Motor Vehicle Act,’ informed the police. Police sources also told that a report on the case registered will be forwarded to the office of the Election Commission as the Model Code of Conduct in effect for the coming Lok Sabha polls.
This Wednesday, a crowd of AAP activists welcomed the former Delhi chief minister as he stepped out of the airport and travelled by an auto rickshaw. The large crowd caused traffic jams and uprooted metal detectors at the Andheri station. “The whole tamasha was staged by the media asking leading questions to commuters about inconvenience caused by my local train travel. Our people did not indulge in any vandalism. The common people were happy with my trip,” said the AAP leader to a local channel, “I request the media with folded hands not to destroy the small sapling of AAP which has offered hope to common people.”
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