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Carrying flowers, Kejriwal visits two who attacked him, ‘forgives’ them

Lali, who claimed to have campaigned for the AAP in the run-up to the Delhi Assembly polls, said he was disappointed with the AAP government when it resigned. Tweet This
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AAP leaders Arvind Kejriwal and Manish Sisodia with auto driver Lali on Wednesday.(Photo: Prem Nath Pandey) AAP leaders Arvind Kejriwal and Manish Sisodia with auto driver Lali on Wednesday. (Photo: Prem Nath Pandey)

After facing a slew of attacks during campaigning for Lok Sabha polls, Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday reached out to two persons who had slapped him in the last few days.

On Wednesday morning, with bouquets in hand, Kejriwal and senior AAP leaders Manish Sisodia and Rakhi Birla visited their residences in Kirari and Jamia Nagar.

As the party’s cavalcade made its way though the narrow lanes of Prem Nagar in Kirari to meet Lali — the auto-driver who slapped Kejriwal in Sultanpuri on Tuesday afternoon — residents of the area came out to meet the party chief.

Kejriwal presented the bouquet to Lali, who with folded hands apologised to Kejriwal for his act and even tried to touch Kejriwal’s feet.

Speaking to mediapersons following Kejriwal’s visit, Lali said he had asked the former Delhi chief minister for forgiveness. “It was a big mistake. He (Kejriwal) is like God to me.”
Lali, who claimed to have campaigned for  the AAP in the run-up to the Delhi Assembly polls, said he was disappointed with the AAP government when it resigned.

“I had done a lot of work for Delhi elections — putting up posters, talking to passengers and convincing them to vote for the AAP. I was very disappointed when they resigned. During their stint in Delhi, I had gone for a janta darbar. I spent an entire day there but I could not meet Kejriwal. The government fell and there was a lot of talk of the BJP coming to power in Delhi. I felt let down by the party,” he said.

Asked about what Kejriwal told him, Lali said, “He told me that it was not enough to slap him. One has to go out and vote and open the eyes of the BJP and the Congress. I am a supporter of the AAP, I will do the same.”

After Kirari, the next stop was Jamia Nagar — to meet 19-year-old Abdul Wahid. During a roadshow in Dakshinpuri, South Delhi, last Friday, Wahid had slapped Kejriwal.
On Wednesday afternoon, when Kejriwal turned up at his door, Wahid apologised for his act. Wahid’s two friends, who had accompanied him to Dakshinpuri, were also present at Jamia Nagar.

“I made a mistake. I had lost my way,” Wahid said.

While Kejriwal had hinted at the involvement of political parties behind the incidents, both Wahid and Lali denied any political links. Both said they have been supporters of the party but became disgruntled later.

Meanwhile, police have registered a case under sections 323 (causing grievous hurt) and 341 (wrongful restraint) of the IPC based on the DD (Daily Diary) entry by police staff present at the rally.

A senior police officer said, “Since the incident happened in the presence of police staff, a DD entry regarding it was made. continued…

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