Slapgate: Arvind Kejriwal visits auto driver’s home, ‘forgives’ him

I forgave him, Kejriwal said after meeting 38-year-old Lali at his residence in Aman Vihar area of Outer Delhi.

New Delhi | Published:April 9, 2014 2:01 pm

In a surprise move ahead of the polling day on Thursday, AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday visited the autorickshaw driver who had slapped him at a roadshow in North-West Delhi and said he has “forgiven” the attacker.

“I forgave him,” Kejriwal said after meeting 38-year-old Lali at his residence in Aman Vihar area of Outer Delhi.

Yesterday, Lali had first garlanded Kejriwal and then slapped him hard, leaving him with a swollen eye.

Touched by Kejriwal’s gesture, the autorickshaw driver on Wednesday described Kejriwal as “God” and said he made a “mistake” by attacking the former Chief Minister.

“I have committed a mistake. He is God for me. I did it because he left the government after some days. Government is not just for the Lok Pal bill. There are other important issues also.

“He organized a ‘janta darbar’, I also went in it but could not see him. I tried hard to meet him, my entire day was wasted. I thought I could never meet him again and then I got to know that BJP may form government. Then nothing could be done,” Lali said.

After the attack, Lali had accused Kejriwal of not fulfilling promises made to autodrivers. He was detained by police but was let off as no complaint was lodged either by Kejriwal or AAP against him.

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Kejriwal had called off the roadshow following the incident and headed for Rajghat where he sat for over an hour.

Later at a press conference, Kejriwal had alleged that attacks on him are a part of a “larger conspiracy” and questioned why these were only carried out against him and his party.

“Why do these people attack only us and not others. In future, we will also have more dangerous attacks and life threatening attacks, but we have to be ready to face them and not retaliate,” Kejriwal said. He, however, insisted that he will not accept any security.

This was the third attack on Kejriwal in less than a fortnight.

On March 28, he was attacked by a man, who claimed to be a supporter of Anna Hazare, during his election rally in Haryana.

This was followed by another attack on him in Dakshinpuri area of South Delhi where he was punched by a disgruntled AAP volunteer.

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    Kit Walker
    Apr 11, 2014 at 6:02 am
    Yeah.. these dramabaazi is so interesting.. Almost like Saas Bahu serials on TV
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    Hanuman Singh
    Apr 9, 2014 at 10:15 am
    move on kejriwal ji,we are with u
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    Shekhar
    Apr 9, 2014 at 9:09 pm
    Move on Sir !Nature is with you !
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    Mani -
    Apr 9, 2014 at 11:55 am
    AAPsupporters should ask themselves, how these AAP leaders accuse BJP, for allthat Kejeriwal gets as reward from the poor people, for fooling, deserting &Cheating them. Most of the voters are still unaware of the growing dirt in AAP.People are forgetting the reason why they supported AAP when the party waslaunched, those reasons are irrelevant for AAP today. They have violated everythingthat was considered special to them & finally they have forgotten theDREAMS/HOPES they sold to poor. when the dreams are shattered the poor peopleare reacting one by one . The “Too Cleaver Politician Kejeriwal, saidthat he will teach/show BJP & Cong How to do politics( said “ ham rajneeti kaisekarna dikayega”. Now he is learning it or his own people are teaching him Politicsin the hardway. Now he should learn to live in Jail for few Days, instead ofDreaming to jail the Indian Media ( the God Father of AAP) then he & his Party will be able tounderstand a bit of politics from BJP,Congress and Communist, whose leaders suffered a lot in Jails & facedPolice Lattis/bullets & other violent offences for a cause. These Partiesare not Proprietorship companies of IT Commissioners, J & K Agents, Crazy Journalists,Failed professionals etc (with moral support of invisible interest groups)You may like it or not, these main parties stand firmly on some ideology & Issues. But in few other cases, Except for Anarchy, Treason & Lies, some people really has nothing else to theircredit and they too have a right to live along with us, throwing Dirt on others,without being grateful to our Indian Democracy. My Dear A. Kejeriwal Remember,one can have his/her own Wrong Dreams/false hopes, but DON’T try to sell WrongDreams/false hopes to others, that too among poor people . You are Guilty ofexploiting the helplessness of Cycle Rikhshaw/ Auto people on Delhi Road whogave you the biggest support, their Heart is Bleeding… Once again read,what theattacker said ’ . I did it because he left the governmentafter some days. Government is not just for the Lok Pal bill. There are otherimportant issues also. Lali had accused Kejriwal of notfulfilling promises made to autodrivers , I tried hard to meet him, myentire day was wasted. I thought I could never meet him again and then I got toknow that BJP may form government. Then nothing could be done “””
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