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Shoe attack: Man threatens Congress leader
New Delhi, June 6 (IANS):
Published on 7 Jun. 2011 1:15 AM IST
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A man threatened Congress leader Janardan Dwivedi with a shoe at a press conference here Monday. The latter quickly dubbed it as a pre-planned attack. Dwivedi was busy slamming yoga guru Ramdev and the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) at the Congress headquarters here when the incident took place in the full view of TV cameras. It is the latest in a string of shoe-related assaults on public figures in India.
The man came very near to the dais where Dwivedi was sitting and waved the shoe at him. But Dwivedi pushed him away. Soon a security guard caught him and journalists present also pounced on the man, who was then whisked away by security men. After he was put in a vehicle and possibly taken to the nearest police station, the Congress leader continued with his address to the media. He described the attempt to hit him with a shoe as “pre-planned”.
BJP condemns shoe attack bid
Deploring the attempted shoe attack on Congress general secretary Janardan Dwivedi at a press conference here Monday, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) said this was “not the right approach” to vent anger at the government.
“We don’t approve it, it is condemnable. Whatever be the anger, whatever be the pain and this government and Congress party has given a lot of pain to the people of this country, but this is not the right approach,” BJP spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad said. At the press meet in Congress headquarters here, Sunil Kumar, in his 30s, came very close to Dwivedi on the dais and threateningly rasing his shoe. But Dwivedi pushed him away. Immediately, a security guard caught Kumar and journalists present at the conference pounced upon him. Kumar was then whisked away by security men.
Ravi Shankar Prasad also slammed the Congress’ comments on senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj.
“The Congress party is levelling baseless allegations about our senior leader Sushma Swaraj that she was dancing at Rajgaht, when we are sitting here on satyagraha. It is absolutely condemnable, below standards and a baseless comment,” he said
Shoe attacks started with George Bush
Two shoes flung at then US President George Bush by an Iraqi journalist seems to have literally kickstarted a global trend. The attacks on famous personalities by sullen people armed with nothing more than their footwear is becoming increasingly common with Congress spokesman Janardan Dwivedi the latest to be targeted.
Other famous shoe attacks:
Dec 14, 2008 - Iraqi journalist Muntazar al Zaidi, upset with the American presence in his country, threw his shoes at then US President George Bush who was visiting Iraq. Feb 2, 2009 - A 27-year-old German student hurls a shoe at Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao during his visit to Cambridge University in Britain.
April 7, 2009 - Hindi daily Dainik Jagran journalist Jarnail Singh, miffed at union Home Minister P.Chidambaram’s refusal to discuss Congress leader Jagdish Tytler’s alleged involvement in the 1984 anti-Sikh riot cases, hurls his shoes at the minister at the Congress headquarters. The shoes missed the minister. April 2009 - A Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) worker hurls his slipper at senior party leader Lal Krishna Advani in Madhya Pradesh, but misses target. April 2009 - A slipper was thrown at Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa at a BJP rally. The slipper landed far from the dais.
Aug 15, 2010 - Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah was targeted when a suspended police constable, Abdulla Ahad Jaan, hurled a shoe at him during the Independence Day celebrations in Srinagar. Feb 6, 2011 - Former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf was attacked by a man who threw a shoe at him as he was upset over the US detention of a Pakistani national. March 24, 2011 - Yoga guru Baba Ramdev had a close shave when a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) trooper Mitu Singh Rathore hurled his boot at him. Rathore was angered by Ramdev’s long speech on corruption instead of a yoga demonstration at a camp in Nagpur.
April 26, 2011 - A former lawyer from Madhya Pradesh, Manoj Sharma, flung a slipper at the former Commonwealth Games (CWG) Organising Committee chief Suresh Kalmadi inside the Patiala House court premises.

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