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Kejriwal slapped during road show

Kejriwal slapped during road show
Moments before the man slaps Kejriwal. (Video grab)
NEW DELHI, MAY 4 (AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 5/4/2019 11:34:10 AM IST

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal was on Saturday slapped by a man during a roadshow in the Moti Nagar area. 

Kejriwal, the Aam Aadmi Party chief, was standing on an open jeep, canvassing in the New Delhi constituency, when the man jumped up and attacked him. He was identified as 33-year-old Suresh, a spare parts dealer. The AAP, meanwhile, has blamed the BJP for the attack.

“They have created a perception that the only way to take on Arvind Kejriwal is to physically assault him,” AAP lawmaker Saurabh Bhardwaj told NDTV.

The man was pulled off the vehicle by Kejriwal’s supporters. He was rescued by police from AAP workers who thrashed him, news agency ANI reported. He has been detained and is being questioned by police.

Deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia has attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah over the assault. “Do Modi and Amit Shah want Kejriwal to be murdered? In the five year, they couldn’t break his resolve, couldn’t defeat him in the elections, now you want to eliminate him, you cowards! This Kejriwal is your end,” Sisodia tweeted in Hindi.

The AAP has alleged that it was an “opposition sponsored attack”.

West Bengal chief minister and TMC chief, Mamata Banerjee describes the attack on Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal as ‘political vandalism, political goondaism and political vendetta’. “Maligning and attacking Oppn leaders show that BJP have lost the election and are making desperate attempts,” she tweeted.

This was not the first time Kejriwal is roughed up. Last year, a man who handed him a letter outside his office, swooped down to touch his feet, got up and forcefully smeared chilli powder on his face. The incident had taken place inside one of the capital city’s most protected buildings, the Delhi Secretariat.

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