NEW DELHI: Delhi chief minister and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) national convener Arvind Kejriwal, who was attacked during a roadshow on Saturday, on Sunday alleged that there was a conspiracy against him by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The frequency of attacks point to a lapse in security, which is the responsibility of the BJP, he said.
“This is the fifth attack since I have become chief minister and the ninth in total. It has not happened with any other chief minister. Delhi is the only state where the security of the chief minister is with an opposition party. My security is under the BJP. If there is an attack then the responsibility is on BJP. There cannot be a security lapse on nine occasions," he said at a press conference.
Kejriwal was slapped while he was holding a roadshow in support of AAP’s candidate from New Delhi constituency.
Senior BJP leader and Union minister Prakash Javadekar denied Kejriwal’s allegation. “These kind of attacks have happened with him many times. This is his method. Whenever he is behind he gets himself attacked. That is his propaganda," Javadekar said.
Kejriwal alleged that the BJP is unable to accept a common man in politics and called it an attack on the mandate of the people. “Since we have joined politics, they have been unable to accept that a common man has entered politics. They have raided my office, sent the police to my residence. They have raided the offices of my colleagues. They are attempting to buy MLAs. As all of these attempts have failed, they are physically trying to remove us. These nine attacks are on the people of Delhi," he said.
Since the attack on Saturday, several opposition leaders, including West Bengal chief minister and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee, Andhra Pradesh chief minister and Telugu Desam Party leader N. Chandrababu Naidu, Communist Party of India (Marxist) general secretary Sitaram Yechury, and Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Tejashwi Yadav have condemned the attack.
Sheila Dikshit, senior Congress leader and former CM of Delhi Sunday also condemned the attack. “Such attacks should not happen no matter who is the leader," she said.
PTI contributed to this story.