A man throws chilli powder at Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal inside the Delhi secretariat on Tuesday, officials said. The attacker has been identified as Anil Kumar Sharma.
Sharma, a Naraina resident, was waiting for the AAP convenor, outside his office at the Delhi secretariat. When Kejriwal stepped out, Sharma walked up to him and said, “Aap hi se umeed hai,” and tried to touch his feet
Sharma had a letter in one hand and chilli powder in the other. He had packed the chilli powder was in a gutka packet. Kejriwal stopped Sharma from touching his feet, and while getting up Sharma threw chilli powder at Kejriwal’s face.
Referring to the attack, the Aam Aadmi Party tweeted, “Serious security lapses from Delhi Police. Even the Chief Minister is not safe in Delhi.”
This is not the first time that Kejriwal has been attacked in similar fashion. He has earlier had ink, shoes, slippers and fists thrown at him in the past.
AAP National Spokesperson Saurabh Bharadwaj and Raghav Chadha addressing a press conference regarding the attack on Delhi CM.
Soon after the attack on Kejriwal, AAP’s national spokesperson Saurabh Bharadwaj and Raghav Chadha addressed a press conference and condemned the attack on the Delhi chief minister and accused the BJP of orchestrating these attacks.
Bhardwaj added, “BJP’s Central government has created an atmosphere where anti-social elements are being instigated and promoted to attack CM Kejriwal. The attackers know they will get protection.”
Raghav Chadha, who claimed to have witnessed the incident, said, “We saw a person walk up to the CM’s chamber with something in his hand. No effort was made to stop him. I saw the whole thing happen and it is extremely shameful how such a thing can happen in the CM’s office.” Chadha also said that he would give his statemnet if the police will conduct an independent inquiry into the incident.