Ink thrown at Kejriwal,he replies to Anna’s charges

Police arrested Walhekar from the Constitution Club after the incident was reported.

Written by Aditi Vatsa | New Delhi | Published: November 19, 2013 2:12 am

A self-proclaimed BJP worker from Maharashtra was arrested after he threw ink at Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders Arvind Kejriwal,Prashant Bhushan and Manish Sisodia on Monday. The man,Nachiketa Walhekar,comes from Ahmednagar,Maharashtra. He shouted slogans praising Anna Hazare and decried the AAP.

Kejriwal had called a press conference at the Constitution Club to respond to questions Anna Hazare had posed in a letter to him on Sunday. But minutes after Kejriwal disclosed the contents of Hazare’s letter,Walhekar threw ink on the three AAP leaders. “They have betrayed the people of this country. They have betrayed Annaji. They have betrayed the Jan Lokpal movement,” Walhekar said.

Police arrested Walhekar from the Constitution Club after the incident was reported. “He claims to have been staying at a BJP MP’s house in Delhi and said he is a BJP activist who contested panchayat elections in Maharashtra,” a senior police officer said.

A case was registered under Sections 448 (trespass),504 (intentional intent to provoke breach of peace) and 34 (common intention) of the IPC. The complainant stated that others from Nachiketa’s group were standing outside Constitution Club. Police were trying to identify these people.

Delhi BJP said Walhekar was not a party member. “The BJP does not approve of such acts and we do not know who this man is,” Delhi unit chief Vijay Goel said.

Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj said,“If he was from the BJP he would not be shouting Anna Hazare’s name.”

It was Hazare’s letter to Kejriwal on Sunday that prompted the press conference. In his letter,Hazare asserted that he had nothing to do with the AAP and said that it was “incorrect” for Kejriwal to use his name in the AAP’s campaign.

According to Hazare’s letter,some people had met him and alleged that the AAP was using funds collected during the Jan Lokpal movement. “You had made some cards with my name on them,through which funds were collected. I have never given… permission to do this. … using my name for this purpose (collecting money) is not right,” Hazare wrote.

Anna said he believed there was no truth in the allegations,but wrote to Kejriwal to confirm the same. In his reply to Hazare,Kejriwal said he always thought of Hazare as a ‘guru’. “I do not know who has made these allegations,but I wish inform that they are false. The AAP has not used your photo,film,poster or any other material for the party campaign. But we do say that the Anna Andolan took place in August 2011,” Kejriwal said.

Kejriwal,who is AAP’s CM candidate,also clarified his party’s stance on the Anna cards. “We do not have anything to do with the cards. Perhaps you have forgotten that during the Jan Lokpal movement in February 2012,the card had been issued with your permission,” he wrote.

Kejriwal also called for someone like Justice Santosh Hegde or a retired justice to conduct an inquiry into the allegations within seven days.

BJP distances itself from Walhekar

Soon after the ink-throwing incident,BJP’s Ahmednagar district unit chief and Parner taluka chief Pratap Dhakne disowned Nachiketa Walhekar,saying that he was not associated with the party any more. Dhakne said,“He is a BJP karyakarta from Parner — Anna’s taluka — and was the secretary of the taluka unit. But before the Assembly polls of 2009,he quit the party and contested elections for the Ahmednagar MLA seat as an Independent. He lost and later joined the party again. Whatever he has done today has nothing to with the BJP.”

Walhekar is from Narayan Gavan village,10 km from Ralegan Siddhi,where Hazare lives. He was a secretary of the BJP taluka unit till four months ago.

Atik Rashid

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  1. t
    Oct 14, 2014 at 8:01 am
    Kab anna ne aisa kaha ki AK fraud hai.Anna sathiya a hai.Kabhi kuchh toh kabhi kuchh bolte rahta hai.