Shoe hurled at CM Arvind Kejriwal at Odd-Even press conference, attacker arrested

The incident happened during a press conference at Delhi Secretariat here addressed by Kejriwal on roll out of the second phase of the Odd-Even scheme from April 15.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: April 10, 2016 3:52 pm
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A shoe was hurled at Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal during the press conference to announce details of the second phase of the odd-even scheme Saturday. The man who hurled the shoe, later identified as Ved Prakash, claimed to be from a splinter AAP group.

It all started when Kejriwal, who was speaking on how the second phase of the pollution control plan will be implemented, was interrupted by Prakash. Standing at the rear end of the media centre, Prakash yelled out, “All that is okay but what do you have to say about the sting I have done, showing how fake CNG stickers are being bought,” Journalists in the crowded media centre assumed he was a reporter and some of them urged him to make his point later.

 

 

 

Paying no heed to them, Prakash flung two CNG stickers towards the front of the room, where Kejriwal was sitting with Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia and Transport Minister Gopal Rai. The stickers fell in the middle of the media room, a considerable distance away from Kejriwal. With all the cameras in the room focused on him, Prakash managed to fling a black shoe before he was restrained by AAP workers. As they dragged him out of the room, Prakash shouted, “My name is Ved Prakash and I am from the Aam Aadmi Sena.”

Prakash was later arrested and charged under various section of the IPC.

According to police, Prakash is the national general secretary of the Aam Aadmi Sena and a resident of outer Delhi’s Begumpur. “He is being questioned,” said a police officer.

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After the press conference, Rai told reporters such “frustrated reactions” were expected in the run-up to the odd-even scheme. “We have already taken action on the findings of the sting,” said Rai.

The BJP and AAP took potshots at each other over the incident, with the latter claiming that Prakash was “ in touch with the BJP, particularly with a leader of the Delhi BJP unit”.

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“It will be better for the BJP to voluntarily disclose its link with the attacker and its paid front — the so-called Aam Aadmi Sena,” said the AAP.

 

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Delhi BJP spokesperson Harish Khurana, meanwhile, claimed that Prakash attended the last session of Delhi Assembly for three days on the reference of Bawana MLA, also named Ved Prakash.

Responding to the BJP’s claim, AAP spokesperson Deepak Bajpai said, “The BJP is cooking up stories… This attack was planned and undertaken to divert attention from the odd-even scheme.”

AAP MLA Ved Prakash was unavailable for comment.

 

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    indian
    Apr 9, 2016 at 1:40 pm
    As much as I am not a fan of Mr. Kejriwal, such crude tactics have no place in our democracy. That being said, Mr. Kejriwal, please don't attribute this to some other party and a conspiracy.
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      Citizen
      Apr 10, 2016 at 2:45 am
      BJP and rabid bhakts haven't been able to digest Delhi and Bihar debacles. They were feeling like as if their geku was invincible emperor. More humiliation is in store for them.
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        Haradhan Mandal
        Apr 9, 2016 at 2:46 pm
        Big question should be - why still we do not have LOKPAAL for India, and LokAyukta for the individual states. An independent CBI? Lots of drama were made, Live telecast of debates were made, CONSUTION was amended . This man could have easily walked into the office of LOAPAAL of India (or Lokayukta of Delhi State) and lodged his complaints with proofs/evidence.
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          Haradhan Mandal
          Apr 9, 2016 at 4:53 pm
          'CHAMMAR'? - is it VEDIC language or VEDIC Dharma to abuse a person by pointing the lowly status of his occupation, when our own LEADER and GURUS and our 'sangh gurus' are garlanding photo of Dr. BabaSaheb Ambedkar (or even Babu Jagjeevan Ram few days back)? Certainly it does not make Vedic Intellect and intelligence. It will confuse the 'CHAMARS' in the state elections of Punjab and UP!
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            Ramanathan
            Apr 9, 2016 at 12:38 pm
            Anybody who opposes NaMORON is an Anti-National. PIG is MODI. STREET DOG IS MODI.
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              Ramanathan
              Apr 9, 2016 at 12:35 pm
              He must be the butcher from Gijarat
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                IML sood
                Apr 9, 2016 at 3:15 pm
                Another brave young man like brave lady Bhavana.Not these but many are there to teach this nautanki joker a lesson for the mess he and his useless team to create for the general public in Delhi. He has not learnt a lesson from the earlier flop show which he celebrated with fake facts and figures and wasted public money.Can jokers and top of it abuser can do justice to the responsibility which they have got by fluke.Everyone is watching and young man like Ved will get an other opportunity if they do not desist from such wrong actions.
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                  Rahul.Sharma
                  Apr 9, 2016 at 1:04 pm
                  Good job Ved Prakash. I am proud of you as a brahmin
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