Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was slapped by a man during an election roadshow in Moti Nagar area on Saturday. The attacker, identified as Suresh who is a resident of Delhi's Kailash Park, has been arrested. He being interrogated at a police station. Kejriwal was atop an open jeep when the man wearing a red t-shirt jumped onto the vehicle and slapped the chief minister.
The AAP quickly condemned the incident, calling it the “Opposition-sponsored attack”.
“Another negligence in the security of CM Arvind Kejriwal. Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal got attacked during the roadshow. We condemned this cowardly act. This opposition sponsored attack cannot stop the Aam Aadmi in Delhi,” AAP tweeted.
Another negligence in the security of CM @ArvindKejriwal.
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal got attacked during the roadshow. We condemned this cowardly act. This opposition sponsored attack cannot stop the Aam Aadmi in Delhi.— AAP (@AamAadmiParty) May 4, 2019
Kejriwal has frequently been the target of attacks ever since he entered public life. In February, the Delhi government claimed that Kejriwal’s vehicle was attacked by BJP workers in the presence of police personnel in Narela. Kejriwal had gone to Narela to attend an event when BJP workers gathered in front of his vehicle and held a protest.
In April 2016, a man, who identified himself as a member of a breakaway faction of the Aam Aadmi Party threw a shoe at Kejriwal while he was addressing a press conference inside the Secretariat. The man shouted something about a sting operation on a CNG scam before he hurled the shoe which fell on the table in front of Kejriwal. The attacker was whisked away by Secretariat officials before being detained by police.
In November 2013, while the AAP was holding a press conference in Delhi, Nachiketa Vaghrekar, who claimed to be a supporter of anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare, attacked Kejriwal with black ink.
In March 2014, a similar attack took place in March 2014, when Kejriwal was campaigning for the Lok Sabha elections in Varanasi, some unidentified people threw ink at him. The agitated people even threw eggs at the open vehicle in which Kejriwal was travelling.
In the same year, Kejriwal was heckled and attacked physically. He was attacked during his roadshow in south Delhi’s Dakshinpuri area. While Kejriwal was shaking hands with his supporters, a person punched him on his back and even tried to slap him.
In April 2014, four days after Dakshinpuri incident, Kejriwal was slapped by an auto driver, Lali, during his roadshow in Sultanpuri area of Delhi.