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Thousands join Kejriwal roadshow

New Delhi

20-January-2015

Thousands thronged Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal's roadshow Tuesday, leading to delay in his filing nomination from New Delhi assembly constituency as he could not reach the district magistrate's office on time.

The former Delhi chief minister will now file his nomination papers for the Feb 7 polls Wednesday.

The roadshow, which began from Valmiki Mandir, was stopped by police near Gole Market - a few km away from Jantar Mantar in the heart of the capital - where the rally was to culminate.

Kejriwal was scheduled to reach the district magistrate office on Shahjahan Road at 2 p.m. which he failed to do.

"He will be filing his nomination tomorrow (Wednesday) now. The permission of the road show ended before we could reach the venue," said a Kejriwal aide.

Earlier, Kejriwal, atop a mini truck along with party colleagues Manish Sisodia and Sanjay Singh, kick-started the rally from Valmiki Sadan where Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched his Swachh Bharat (Clean India) campaign in October 2014.

Kejriwal's parents were along with him during the roadshow.

Wearing white Gandhi caps and holding brooms - the AAP electoral symbol - many joined the caravan which made several stops along the way.

As the show progressed, the crows swelled, affecting road traffic in central Delhi.

In New Delhi assembly constituency, his main opponents are Congress' Kiran Walia and Bharatiya Janata Party's Nupur Sharma. - IANS