WEEKS before starting his campaign in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav announced that he was holding the last ‘Janata Darbar’ of his government on Wednesday.
“There will be no ‘Janata Darbar’ from today onwards,” the CM’s office said on Twitter. Akhilesh also tweeted photographs of Wednesday’s Janata Darbar with the caption — “Helping people at the last Janata Darbar before the elections”.
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While there was no official statement on the reason behind shelving the practice, government sources claimed that the CM would soon be taking out a ‘Rath Yatra’ across the state for campaigning, where he would meet people before the Assembly elections.
“The chief minister would be touring the entire state, thus it was decided to officially announce today’s Janata Darbar as the last one,” said a government officer.
Sources added that after starting his state-wide yatra, the CM would continuously be on tour. Earlier, Akhilesh was scheduled to start his yatra in the first week of October but it was later postponed. While no new dates have been announced, sources informed that teams are working to give a final shape to the programme.
Janata Darbar (meet-the-people) was started when party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav became the chief minister of the state for the first time. During the programme, the CM met the people, heard their grievances and directed the officials concerned to take action.
The practice was, however, discontinued when BSP was in power and Mayawati was the chief minister.
The doors of the chief minister’s residence, 5, Kalidas Marg, were again opened on April 18, 2012 to let in people who visited the state capital for redressal of their problems. It was a radical departure from Mayawati’s tenure in 2007-2012, when there was no direct interaction of the CM with the people.
Akhilesh, who had promised a more responsive chief minister’s office, had deviated from Mayawati’s tradition and allowed people to enter his residence to share their problems.