After Aam Aadmi Party workers staged a protest outside the BJP headquarters in New Delhi, workers of the two parties clashed at several places including the national capital, Lucknow, Allahabad and part of Gujarat. The trigger for the AAP protests was the detention of party leader Arvind Kejriwal during his Gujarat roadshow.
Around 20 AAP supporters marched towards the BJP headquarters in Lucknow following which clashes took place between the two sides.
In a late night conference AAP leader Prashant Bhushan claimed that the BJP supporters had attacked AAP workers who were protesting peacefully in Delhi. He, however, apologised for some retaliatory stone throwing by AAP workers.
In Gujarat, there were reports that the car Kejriwal was using for his roadshow was damaged. “Attackers threw a stick on Kejriwal’s car due to which the windshield was damaged,” said former BJP MLA and AAP leader Kanu Kalsaria. “Everybody knows that they are BJP workers,” he claimed.
AAP Gujarat convener Sukhdev Patel claimed hundreds of people greeted Kejriwal during his day-long visit. Kejriwal was on Gujarat tour to “verify” the claims of development in the Narendra Modi-led state.
Birla said her campaign this time is “very similar” to the last time.