Lucknow: The closed doors of the Chief Minister’s residence since five years officially opened for the people of Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday. People from all walks of life arrived to meet the new Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav in the ‘Janata Darshan’ with a hope of sharing their grievances.

The massive crowd forced the administration to review the arrangements and the time duration of the public meeting had to be increased by four-and-a-half-hours. The Chief Minister met nearly 10,000 people who submitted more than 5,000 applications.

From now onwards, a Janata Darshan would be held at the Chief Minister’s residence every Wednesday. A similar ‘Darshan’ was a routine exercise during the rule of former CM Mulayam Singh but the practice was discontinued by ousted CM Mayawati.

For the first Janata Darshan on Wednesday, people began to queue up since 6 in the morning. Seeing the unexpected crowd, the Lohiya Marg route had to be closed and the back door of the CM’s residence was opened for entry.

Although the timings of the meeting were from 9AM to 11 AM, Akhilesh Yadav arrived at around 9:30 AM at his official residence. Seeing the Chief Minister, a stampede like situation started taking shape but the police soon took control of the situation.

A large number of women were seen among those standing in the half-a-kilometre long queue. The Darshan began at 9:45 AM. There were around 200 chairs in a big hall and Akhilesh listened to the people by takings rounds in the hall.

He collected their applications, enquired about their well-being and even called the District Magistrate and SP to look into the problem at the earliest. The meeting continued till 3 in the evening due to which Akhilesh had to suspend his other functions.

Akhilesh said, “The government's first priority is to solve the problems of the people, we cannot afford to ignore the interests of the people.”

Samajwadi Party spokesman Rajendra Chaudhary and Minister of State Narendra Verma assisted the Chief Minister during the meeting. Chief Secretary Rakesh Garg, Secretary Anita Singh and Alok Kumar were also engaged in the task.