In Mumbai, Rahul
Gandhi pushed Shiv Sena off track
Rahul Gandhi in Mumbai, stops at ATM, travels by local train:
Amidst violence and
protests by Shiv Sena activists over his Mumbai visit, a calm and
composed Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi stopped at an ATM
in Santa Cruz and travelled by local train.
Mumbai commuters were overjoyed with Rahul Gandhi’s impromptu
decision to travel by local train on his visit to the city on
After withdrawing money from an ATM and queuing up with the ‘aam
janata’ to buy a ticket, the Gandhi scion went up the foot
overbridge to catch the train.
the train, initially Rahul Gandhi stood in the second class
compartment of the Virar-Dadar fast train, surrounded by his
security personnel and senior police officials.
both the trains, initially the commuters were taken aback to see
that it was indeed Rahul Gandhi sharing their compartment. They
offered him a seat and he took the second seat. The uncomfortable
third seat beside him and the fourth (normally congested in Mumbai
suburban train travel), nobody dared to occupy…
Dadar, Rahul had caught a Kalyan-bound slow train and got off at
Ghtkopar. Many commuters rushed to speak with him, take his
autograph, one offered him a red flower, others offered tidbits of
advice but all loved him…
College students get Rahul ‘exclusive’
Bhaidas Auditorium where even film stars can be seen queuing up to
buy tickets, is better known as a hub for Gujarati and Hindi
theatre, musical programmes and other functions.
Today, there was more drama outside the auditorium than inside where
around 1,100 select students from 50 Mumbai colleges had an
‘exclusive session’ with Rahul Gandhi.
students were selected, and around 20 were sent by Rizvi, MMK, RD
National, Sathe, Mahila Sangh, St. Andrews, Narsee Monjee, Mithibai,
NMIMS, Chetana and many other colleges for an exclusive session with
Rahul Gandhi,” said an excited Krishna Hegde, MLA from Vile Parle
constituency, who coordinated the event.
of the students later came out, star-struck by Rahul Gandhi who said
that whenever he came to Mumbai, he felt “very inspired”.
Rahul Gandhi not only showed that he can handle the antics of the
Shiv Sena but also the rigors of Mumbai suburban train travel which
needs you to be rough-and-tough.
becomes the first ever leader of his stature to have travelled in
Mumbai’s humble and much-maligned suburban trains, though at an
off-peak hour when the rush is almost one-third less.
Prior to him, Lord Mayor of London Ken Livingstone had travelled in
a Bandra-Churchgate suburban train “to get a feel of Mumbai”.
Besides, former chief minister Vilasrao Deshmukh and former railway
minister Lalu Prasad have travelled short distances on the Western
Railway (WR) section.
Former MP Govinda and former union minister Ram Naik have used the
WR network at various times for election campaign. Govinda succeeded
once but Naik failed on two occasions.
Mumbai sings paens to Rahul
hearing of Rahul Gandhi’s sudden trip to Mumbai, many tense parents
had told their college-going children and relatives going to
workplaces to watch out for any trouble.
the Shiv Sena was raging to create trouble all over the city to
tarnish the trip of the Congress general secretary.
hours later, Mumbai was relaxed and singing paeans in honour of the
“See, I am reminded of my history lessons. Mahatma Gandhi traveled
in a train in South Africa and later threw out the British from
Over a century later, Rahul Gandhi repeated the feat - and
the Shiv Sena has nowhere to hide,” commented Manoj Nair, a
marketing consultant from the suburbs.
Sycophancy will never cease, at least in the Congress.
Rahul Gandhi arrived this afternoon in Ghatkopar, weary after a
double-train ride, he went straight to the huge statue of Babasaheb
Ambedkar in the Ramabai Ambedkar Nagar slum.
the crowd of leaders and security personnel, with the mediapersons
and thousands of onlookers kept at a considerable distance away,
Rahul Gandhi removed his slippers and bent to keep them aside.
this, Maharashtira Minister of State for Home promptly took the
slippers from Rahul’s hand and obliged him by keeping them in a
corner. Rahul Gandhi was seen smiling, perhaps a bit embarrassed.
How, when and where Rahul Gandhi ‘conquered’ Mumbai
Friday: 10.50 a.m: Rahul Gandhi flew in from New Delhi to the
Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport and boarded a waiting
11.05 a.m.: He landed at Juhu Airport to be received by Priya Dutt
(Mumbai North-Central MP) and Krishna Hegde (Vile Parle MLA).
11.15 : Entered the Bhaidas Auditorium to interact with nearly 1,100
12.15 p.m.: Left the auditorium, and shortly thereafter, zoomed off
to Andheri station.
12.50 p.m.: Withdrew Rs.5,000 cash from a nearby ATM and stood in a
queue to buy a ticket for Andheri-Ghatkopar.
13.05 p.m.: Boarded the IInd class compartment of a Virar-Dadar fast
13.17 : Landed at Dadar, climbed up the foot overbridge to cross
from Western Railway to Central Railway and took a Kalyan-bound slow
train at 13.26 p.m.
13.40 : Landed at Ghatkopar and drove off to Ramabai Ambedkar Nagar
14.35 : Left Ghatkopar for Mumbai Airport by road to fly down to