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AAP Sees BJP Hand In Ink Attack On Kejriwal

Ink was thrown at Kejriwal by a woman when the chief minister was addressing a 'thanksgiving' rally following the 'success' of his government's odd-even vehicle number scheme experiment to reduce pollution in Delhi

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The ink attack at Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday evoked strong reactions with the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) calling it a "BJP conspiracy" and the Congress dubbing it an incident in "poor taste".

The BJP, which also condemned the incident, however, appeared trashing the conspiracy charge saying there is a need to go to bottom of it to understand and expose whether it was an individual effort or someone was behind it.

Ink was thrown at Kejriwal by a woman when the Chief Minister was addressing a "thanksgiving" rally following the "success" of his government's odd-even vehicle number scheme experiment to reduce pollution in Delhi.

The woman, Bhavna Arora, a resident of outer Delhi's Rohini sub-city, came quite close to the lectern when Kejriwal was delivering his speech, waved some papers towards him, and then threw ink at the chief minister. There were ink stains on Kejriwal's cheeks and some others standing close to him were also seen wiping off the liquid.

The incident prompted angry reaction from the AAP government with Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia slamming the Delhi Police by calling the incident a major security lapse and wondered whether it was "sitting in readiness to stage an attack on Kejriwal".

"I can see a BJP conspiracy. They want to take advantage of such a situation and attack Kejriwal and the entire Cabinet. They may also kill people because they cannot stand the success of the odd-even scheme and AAP's popularity among the masses. Police is a part of the conspiracy," he told reporters.

The Delhi Police has sought permission of a duty magistrate to arrest the 26-year-old woman who threw ink at Kejriwal.

The woman, who claimed to be in-charge of the Punjab unit of Aam Aadmi Sena, was whisked away from the venue by police immediately after the incident.

She was detained and questioned at the Model Town Police Station in North-West Delhi.

While condemning the incident, BJP spokesperson Nalin Kohli said, "We also oppose Kejriwal and its politics completely but certainly these kind of incidents should not happen."

Kohli said that everyone has the right to say whatever they want but such incidents like throwing ink, "chappal" and slapping someone have no place in a civilised society.

"They should get to the bottom of it to understand and expose whether it is individual effort or someone was behind it," he said.

Reacting to the development, AICC communication department chairman Randeep Surjewala said, "Attack on Delhi CM is in poor taste and reprehensible. Such conduct is unknown to Indian democratic tradition."

Delhi BJP President Satish Upadhyay said that the party does not approve of such incident "but on the other hand we feel that the incident reflects the growing frustration amongst people towards the Kejriwal regime."

"Today's Chhatrasal Stadium incident could well be a case of activist's frustration or stage managed by Kejriwal himself to play his usual victim card," he said in a statement.

"People of Delhi are shocked to see the loot of public money, rampant corruption and above all protection cover to corrupt leaders and officials of Sheila Dikshit regime being allowed by the Kejriwal Government," he said.

Former AAP leader Yogendra Yadav, who was expelled from the party, also condemned the incident.

"Ink attack on Delhi CM is condemnable. Whatever the reasons, such an act cannot be justified," Yadav tweeted.

The incident happened around 4.50 PM when Kejriwal was five minutes into his address at the rally organised by the city government to thank people of Delhi for making the pilot road-rationing scheme a "grand success".

BJP leader and Leader of Opposition in Delhi Vidhan Sabha Vijender Gupta "condemned" the ink throwing act on Kejriwal, adding that such "gimmicks" must be unanimously discouraged without unnecessary politics.

The swiftness with which Sisodia started blaming the BJP raises suspicion whether the act was staged by the AAP itself to attract eyeballs and somehow be in news, he said.