Police denies Arvind Kejriwal permission to address public gathering in Vidarbha district

Buldhana: Police has denied permission for a public gathering to be addressed by Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal at Sindhkhed Raja on 12 January, citing "difficulty in crowd management", a senior police official said on Saturday.

File image of Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal. News18

File image of Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal. News18

Kejriwal was slated to address a public gathering during the 'Jijau Janmotsav Sohla' to be held at Sindhkhed Raja in this district of Vidarbha.

"Earlier, Kejriwal was to have a darshan of Jijamata on 12 January. However, a public gathering to be addressed by him was scheduled at a particular place in Sindhkhed Raja and the permission to hold it was rejected by the police," Superintendent of Police Sushil Kumar Meena told PTI.

"The police declined permission for the public gathering citing difficulty in crowd management," he said.

Jijabai or Jijau is the mother of 17th century Maratha warrior king Chhatrapati Shivaji and a function to mark her birth anniversary is held every year at Sidhkhed Raja.

The event is organised every year on 11 and 12 January, and lakhs of people throng to Sidhkhed Raja for a darshan of Jijau.

Four to five lakh people are expected at Sidhkhed Raja in 2017, the police official said.

Meena, however, said Kejriwal is permitted to take darshan of Jijabai.

The public address of Kejriwal was organised by 'Samvidhan Morcha'.

"We had requested the organisers of Kejiwal's event to hold the programme away from the main venue in Sindhkhed Raja tehsil as the spot decided by them would have created problems for crowd management at the main venue (of 'Jijau Janmotsav Sohla')," the police official noted.

Updated Date: Jan 06, 2018 15:00 PM

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