New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was slapped by a man during a roadshow in Moti Nagar in the New Delhi constituency, prompting a strong reaction from the AAP which alleged the BJP was behind the “cowardly act”.
AAP spokesperson Saurabh Bharadwaj too alleged that the BJP might be behind the attack and asserted the incident would not deter the spirit of the party.
“Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal got attacked during the roadshow. We condemned this cowardly act. This opposition sponsored attack cannot stop the Aam Aadmi Party in Delhi,” he said.
BJP Delhi president Manoj Tiwari condemned the incident and said the AAP might have “scripted” the incident. “We do not support violence and condemn such action by anyone. But I have doubt as to why such incidents happen with Kejriwal in election time only.
“I doubt this incident may have been scripted by Kejriwal himself,” Tiwari alleged.
Kejriwal was holding the roadshow in favour of New Delhi candidate Brijesh Goyal who is contesting from the Lok Sabha seat. This is the second time Kejriwal has been slapped in a public rally. Earlier, he was also attacked with ink and spices.
Meanwhile, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee condemned the attack on her Delhi counterpart and said attack on opposition leaders signals that the BJP has lost the Lok Sabha election and have become desperate.
“Political vandalism. Political goondaism. Political vendetta. Maligning and attacking Oppn leaders show that BJP have lost the election and are making desperate attempts. We condemn the attack on @ArvindKejriwal We are all with you, Arvind,” Banerjee who is also Trinamul supremo, said in a tweet.