Man throws black paint at Kejriwal, triggers political slugfest

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November 18, 2013

Man, who claimed to be a BJP activist, created a ruckus 10 minutes into the packed press conference when Kejriwal was taking questions from the media

November 18, 2013

Man, who claimed to be a BJP activist, created a ruckus 10 minutes into the packed press conference when Kejriwal was taking questions from the media

New Delhi: A man, claiming to be a BJP activist, threw black paint at AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal while he was addressing a press conference. This later resulted in a political slugfest between the BJP, AAP and Congress.

The man, who identified himself as Nachiketa Walnekar, a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) activist, created a ruckus 10 minutes into the packed press conference when Kejriwal was taking questions from the media.

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader was explaining his stand on complaints made against him to Anna Hazare, with whom he had led an anti-corruption campaign that gripped Delhi two years ago.

Just as Kejriwal, who was sitting on the dais with other party leaders, demanded a probe into the allegations against him, Walnekar threw the paint and started shouting pro-Hazare slogans. He was then bundled away by AAP activists.

Drops of paint fell on Kejriwal's left cheek while AAP national executive member Manish Sisodia's cap was smeared in black paint. Sisodia is contesting from Patparganj assembly seat.

AAP member and senior lawyer Prashant Bhushan also had smudges on his hands.

Walnekar said he was a supporter of social activist Anna Hazare and was angry with the way Kejriwal disbanded the India Against Corruption movement, which was at the forefront of many campaigns.

"Anna Hazare never wanted the movement to end and Arvind Kejriwal has misused the name of Anna Hazare," Walnekar told media persons as he was pushed and shoved down the staircase by AAP workers.

A political slugfest soon broke out between the BJP, AAP and Congress with all the parties taking potshots at each other.

While the BJP said Walnekar did not belong to their party, the Congress termed the incident as a publicity stunt.

"If he was a BJP worker, then he wouldn't have raised pro-Anna Hazare slogans. He does not belong to BJP," senior party leader Sushma Swaraj told media persons.

While another BJP leader Meenakshi Lekhi said Walnekar left BJP in 2009 and the incident was an attempt to "malign the party's image", leader of the party's state unit VK Malhotra criticized AAP, calling it "Congress's B-team".

Meanwhile, Congress leader and Delhi minister Haroon Yusuf said the AAP was "seeking publicity from such incidents".

The AAP, on the other hand, accused both the BJP and Congress of working together, afraid of AAP's popularity.

"These are all BJP and Congress people conspiring against us. They are scared of our rising popularity," said Kejriwal.

"It is an attempt to put our morale down," added AAP member Kumar Vishvash.


Courtesy: PTI