The much-hyped Janata Darshan of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, revived after the Samajwadi Party stormed to power in the State, has turned out to be a damp squib.

The reply to a query posted under the Right to Information Act by local RTI activist Urvashi Sharma showed that not a single Janata Darshan programme had been held in the last six months.

Since the Samajwadi Party came to power in March last year, only seven Janata Darshan programmes have been held at 5 Kalidas Marg, the official residence of the Chief Minister.

Janata Darshan was started when party supremo Mulayam Singh became Chief Minister for the first time.

During the programme, the Chief Minister met the people, heard their grievances and directed the officials concerned to act accordingly. The practice was, however, discontinued during the Mayawati-led Bahujan Samaj Party regime.

Initially Janata Darshan generated good response, with a large number of people from across the State gathering at the Chief Minister’s residence to voice their concerns.

Mr. Yadav issued specific directives to the officials during every Janata Darshan and a coding system was introduced to mark each and every application. — PTI