Thursday, September 8th, 2016

Arvind Kejriwal heckled in Delhi, faces protests in Ludhiana

Narada Desk | September 8, 2016 1:18 pm Print
Delhi BJP Mahila Morcha activists raised slogans and waved bangles at Kejriwal when he arrived at the Delhi Railway Station to board a train for Punjab this morning

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal : Tough times

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is facing the heat ever since the sex scandal of his minister Sandeep Kumar became public.

He got a taste of the ire when activists of BJP Mahila Morcha staged a protest against  him at the Delhi railway station, questioning his “silence” over expelled MLA Sandeep Kumar.

The activists led by Delhi BJP Mahila Morcha president Kamaljeet Sehrawat and party spokesman Praveen Kapoor raised slogans and waved bangles at Kejriwal, who arrived at platform number 1 to board a train for Punjab around 7 am.  Kejriwal is on a four-day visit to poll-bound Punjab.

Some activists managed to get close to Kejriwal despite the presence of policemen. They demanded that Kejriwal speak on the alleged “misconduct” of his MLAs and expel Ashutosh for his controversial blog defending Sandeep Kumar, who was sacked as minister over an alleged sex scandal.

Blaming Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Delhi Police for the alleged manhandling of the Chief Minister at the hands of women protesters of the BJP, the AAP said the law enforcing agency was a “mute spectator” during the “pre-planned” episode. The BJP, however, denied any manhandling and said party activists resorted to political protest.

“It is sad and shameful that people who once talked of daily dialogue with people today term political protest as an attack,” Kapoor said. Sehrawat said the Mahila Morcha had recently met Deputy CM Manish Sisodia and warned him about the “gherao” of Kejriwal.

The AAP, on it part, wondered whether this was a conspiracy against the Chief Minister with Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia questioning the reason behind the alleged lapse. “Is Modi ji conspiring with the Delhi Police and the BJP to attack Arvind Kejriwal? Was the morning episode (manhandling of the CM) a rehearsal to it,” Sisodia tweeted.

Senior AAP leader Sanjay Singh charged that the police first informed the BJP that Kejriwal would not be given any security cover and then got the Chief Minister attacked.

“Modiji’s police first told the BJP (about its inability) to provide security cover and then got Arvind Kejriwal attacked. Is any conspiracy brewing against the Chief Minister,” Singh tweeted.

The Delhi Police had turned down the request from Kejriwal’s office to send security personnel to Punjab by road.

Things were not smooth for Kejriwal even as he arrived in Ludhiana. Kejriwal on arrival faced stiff protests. Going by the chain of events, it seems the AAP’s Punjab sojourn is off on a rocky start.