The attack on Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal outside his office at the Delhi Secretariat on Tuesday was the result of a conspiracy between the BJP and Delhi Police, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia alleged. Delhi Police, responsible for security at the Secretariat, denied any security breach.
The incident took place outside the Chief Minister’s chamber on the third floor when he was leaving for lunch. The attacker, Anil Kumar Sharma, allegedly attempted to smear chilli powder on the CM’s face. He was detained by police and later arrested.
Sisodia also linked the incident to previous attacks on Kejriwal. “The attack, surprisingly, was carried out at an area which is very secure. This is where all the ministers and senior officials sit. The office of the Chief Minister is even more sensitive. How was this attack carried out in such a sensitive area? We need to look at this as a pattern. A man had flung a shoe at the CM earlier (April 2016). At a meeting in Chhatrasal Stadium, someone threw ink at the CM while he was at a Delhi government event (January, 2016).
A few days ago, at the Signature Bridge inauguration, BJP MP Manoj Tiwari tried to climb on the stage along with some lumpen elements. He was allowed till the stage. Today, someone was allowed to reach the CM office… he could have come with acid or a pistol. This is a conspiracy. How is it possible that someone was allowed to enter the restricted area with chilli powder. It is not possible without Delhi Police’s collusion,” he claimed.
Delhi government officials also asked how it was possible for Kumar to enter the secretariat with chilli powder.
Delhi BJP president Manoj Tiwari had initially condemned the incident saying, “A high-level enquiry should be started into the incident. This behaviour should not be tolerated.”
After Sisodia’s allegations, however, Tiwari said that the incident was a “drama”.
“If the deputy chief minister says this attack is like the one at Signature Bridge, it is clear that this is Arvind Kejriwal’s drama to divert from the attack on Manoj Tiwari. This should be investigated,” Tiwari tweeted.