A day after a man lunged at Arvind Kejriwal in the Delhi Secretariat and attempted to smear chilli powder on his face, the Delhi Chief Minsiter on Wednesday said that the incident wasn’t a “minor issue” and that the attacks were being “ordered”.
“I’ve been attacked four times in two years. It’s not a minor issue. These attacks aren’t taking place, they’re being ordered. Hum log inki aankhon ka roda ban chuke hain. Yelog milke mujhe marwana chahte hain. Ye baar-baar hum logon ke upar hamle karwa rahe hain (We have become an obstruction to them. Together, they want to kill me. They’re repeatedly ordering these attacks on me),” Kejriwal said in Sonipat.
The attacker identified as Anil Kumar Sharma was detained by Delhi Police on Tuesday. The 41-year-old claims to work with a Gurgaon firm.
According to AAP leader Raghav Chadha, who was accompanying the Chief Minister, the incident took place around 2.25 pm when Kejriwal was leaving the Secretariat to have lunch.
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“His hand landed on the CM’s face, dislodging his spectacles. One piece of glass remained on the hand of the accused and the other fell off,” Chadha told The Indian Express.
The attack on Kejriwal invited a sharp reaction from Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia who alleged Tuesday that the incident was an outcome of a “conspiracy hatched by the BJP with the Delhi Police”.
“Today it was chilli powder. It could have been a pistol or acid. The questions is how do such incidents happen so frequently? This could not have been possible without the Delhi Police being in cahoots with the BJP,” Sisodia said.
When asked who he would blame for Tuesday’s attack, Kejriwal Wednesday claimed that AAP government in the capital has carried out immense development in three years, including in schools and hospitals, which other parties have “failed” to do in the last 70 years.
“Now, everywhere they (these parties) are being asked (by public) why they are not able to do this. People are asking if Kejriwal can give Rs 1 crore (to families of the martyrs), why they cannot give the same amount. They (these parties) feel that if this (AAP) party exists for some more time, then people will raise questions and people will make their life miserable,” Kejriwal said.
Delivering his word, Kejriwal Wednesday visited Sonipat and handed over the ex-gratia cheque of Rs 1 crore to the family of BSF jawan Narender Singh, who was brutally killed by Pakistan forces on the IB near Jammu in September.