A day after the BJP distanced itself from a man who threw ink on Aam Aadmi Partys Arvind Kejriwal during a press conference on Monday,sources told Newsline that the treasurer of the BJPs New Delhi district had sought bail for the man who had been placed under police custody in the Parliament Street police station.
Nachiketa Walhekar,who claimed he was a supported of Anna Hazare,had thrown ink at Keriwal and AAP leaders Manish Sisodia and Prashant Bhushan,accusing them of betraying Hazare and the Jan Lokpal movement. A case was registered against him and he was arrested. However,sources claimed that BJP treasurer Yashpal Verma reportedly sought bail for Walhekar in the wee hours of Tuesday.
A senior police officer said,Yashpal Verma sought Walhekars bail from the Parliament street police station at 1 am. The bail sought is a surety bond.
While sources confirmed Verma had sought Walhekars bail,Delhi BJP President Vijay Goel said,One shouldnt join everything with the party. There is a possibility that he (Verma) sought his bail in his personal capacity.
The ink-throwing incident took place during a press conference that Kejriwal had called at the Constitutional Club to respond to questions that Anna Hazare had posed to him in a letter on Sunday.
After the incident,Walhekar was reportedly beaten by AAP workers. After the Delhi Police learnt of the incident,he was arrested and brought to the Parliament Street police station.
Police booked Walhekar for trespass (448),intentional intent to provoke breach of peace (504) and common intention (34) after they learnt that Walhekar was accompanied by others who were standing outside the club. Police are in the process of identifying the others.
While Walhekar claimed that he was a BJP worker and that he had contested panchayat elections in Maharashtra,the party was quick to distance itself from him.
BJPs Ahmednagar district unit chief and Parner Taluka Chief Pratap Dhakne disowned him,saying he was not associated with the party anymore.
He is a BJP karyakarta from Parner Annas 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 (Monday) has nothing to do with the BJP, Dhakne said on Monday.
Leader of the Opposition Sushma Swaraj said,He cant be part of the BJP. If he was,he would not have been shouting Anna Hazares name but that of Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
However,Walhekar was also known to have stayed at the residence of a BJP MP from Dhule,Maharashtra.