New Delhi: Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday held Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) responsible for the attack on him during a roadshow in Moti Nagar yesterday. Addressing a press conference, Kejriwal asserted that the assault was an insult to the people of the national capital. “In the past 5 years, this is the 9th attack. After becoming chief minister it is the 5th attack. In this country Delhi CM is the only only CM whose security’s responsibility is in the hands of opposition party that is BJP. Therefore, the responsibility is on BJP government,” said Kejriwal while speaking to reporters, day after a man slapped him.
“A Chief Minister was attacked and the Central govt says, ‘it didn’t receive the complaint, unable to move ahead with further proceedings, the PM should resign over it. It’s not an attack on Arvind Kejriwal, it is an attack on Delhi’s mandate,” CM stated. Making a veiled attack on the ruling BJP, Kejriwal asserted,”This is a conspiracy. There cannot be lapses for nine times. Since we have entered politics, this is happening. They cannot tolerate an ‘Aam Aadmi’ in politics. There were raid in my office. Even in my bedroom. There are 33 cases filed against me.”
He claimed, “All preparations for the humla (attack) was in the BJP office.Delhi police were told to make statements in the manner it did. After all, what can Delhi police do, when institutions like Election Commission is doing nothing.” Furthermore, he said,“The attack was meant to send a message that whoever raises his voice against Prime Minister Narendra Modi will face consequesnces.”
Earlier in the day, Delhi police had registered an FIR under IPC Section 323 (Punishment for voluntarily causing hurt) against Suresh, who had slapped Kejriwal. The attacker Suresh, a former party worker was disappointed due to behaviour of AAP leaders, Additional PRO, Delhi Police Anil Mittal said. He added,”Suresh got further angry due to distrust of the party in the armed forces.”
Kejriwal was atop an open jeep when the man wearing a red t-shirt jumped onto the vehicle and slapped the chief minister before he was pulled off the jeep.
In November, 2018, a man smeared chilli powder on Kejriwal’s face. The incident happened inside Delhi Secretariat. Kejriwal has also been heckled and physically assaulted a lot of times. In February 2016, some people attacked Arvind Kejriwal’s car with iron rods and sticks in Punjab’s Ludhiana.
A month before, a member of the Aam Aadmi Army, Arjun Arora, had thrown ink at Kejriwal. During the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, some people threw eggs and ink at Kejriwal and other leaders of the AAP when he was campaigning in Varanasi constituency.