The bigwigs of the new Delhi government turned out to be crowd-pullers at the President’s ‘At Home’. And, while the invitations mentioned “formals” as the dress code, Aam Aadmi Party ministers and MLAs were mostly dressed casually. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal himself had wrapped his trademark muffler and wore floaters with socks to keep the cold away. Only Delhi Law Minister Somnath Bharti was differently dressed in a blue cotton silk achkan. Once the President departed, the CM was surrounded by autograph seekers and was clearly in a conciliatory mood. He admitted his law minister had twice used inappropriate language and about the proposed session at Ramlila Maidan, he said if these people allow me, only then can we hold it there…” Among those who had to wait to speak to the CM was reputed fashion designer Ritu Kumar. She complained to him about the plight of handloom workers in the country and wanted him to do something about it. Kejriwal promptly gave the designer the telephone number on which to contact him. As a parting shot to the CM, Ritu Kumar said, “It’s a deal… You do something for the handloom workers and I will design a stylish muffler for you.”
The metro services will resume from 2:30 PM and DTC buses will start plying its routes from 2 PM.