ROHTAK: During a rally addressed by Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party’s national convenor Arvind Kejriwal, a shoe was thrown at him by a 26 year old man.
In his defense, Kejriwal brazenly accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s supporters for the attack.
According to news agency Indo-Asian News Service, the shoe hit the edge of the stage and fell short of Mr Kejriwal, who was addressing his supporters against demonetisation.
The alleged shoe thrower Vikas, a resident of Haryana’s Dadri, was overpowered by AAP volunteers and eventually handed to the police. A senior official said that the man was unhappy over Mr Kejriwal’s views on the Sutlej-Yamuna Canal issue which went against Haryana’s interests.
“The youth did not seem to be in a sound mental condition,” he added.
“I said Modiji is a coward. Today, some of his supporters threw a shoe at me. Modiji, we can also do this but our values don’t permit us to,” the Delhi Chief Minister tweeted.
“I will keep on exposing the truth behind demonetisation and the Sahara Birla bribery despite the CBI raids or shoe attacks,” he added.
This is not the first time that the Delhi Chief Minister has been the target of a shoe attack. On April 10, 2016, a 28-year-old man – identified as Ved Prakash, a member of a lesser known group known as Aam Aadmi Sena – had thrown a shoe at Mr Kejriwal as he was addressing a press conference. The shoe did not hit Mr Kejriwal.
The AAP has been also been one of the fiercest critics of the centre’s demonetisation policy announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on November 8.
“Mr Modi has demanded 50 days to implement the exercise, but there’s no sign of people recovering from its aftershocks,” Mr Kejriwal had said on Friday.