Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal (File Photo)
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was on Saturday slapped by a man during his roadshow in Delhi’s Moti Nagar area. Ever since he entered politics, this Aam Aadmi Party chief has been a target of public attacks. Kejriwal was atop an open jeep when a man wearing a red t-shirt jumped onto the vehicle and slapped the chief minister.
Kejriwal, who now has a Z-plus security, has been attacked several times since 2013. Here is a look at the previous incidents:
February 2019: Kejriwal’s car was allegedly attacked by a mob armed with sticks in Delhi’s Narela. A group of about 100 men tried to stop Kejriwal's car and attacked it with sticks. The incident occurred when Kejriwal had gone to the outer Delhi locality to inaugurate development works in 25 unauthorised colonies.
November 2018: A man flung chilli powder at Kejriwal outside his office in the Delhi Secretariat. The accused was targeting the bespectacled chief minister’s eyes, according to police. After throwing red chilli powder on the Delhi CM, the accused threatened to shoot him after he comes out of jail.
April 2016: An Aam Aadmi Sena member hurled a shoe at Kejriwal while he was announcing details of the second phase of the odd and even road rationing scheme.
Barely a minute after the CM began reading details, man identified as Ved Prakash shouted that an “odd even scam” was being done by giving away CNG stickers through illegitimate means, following which he hurled a show towards Kejriwal but failed to hit him.
March 2016: A mob pelted Kejriwal’s vehicle with stones and broke its widnscreen at Punjab’s Hassanour village. Kejriwal escaped without injury though the shattered glass fell on him.
January 2016: In first attack on him since he became the chief minister of Delhi, Kejriwal was attacked by a woman who threw ink on him alleging a CNG scam in the national capital.
April 2014: During his roadshow in Delhi’s Sultanpuri area, Kejriwal was attacked by an auto rickshaw driver who slapped him twice after garlanding him.
Delhi Assembly elections 2014: Holding a roadshow in Delhi’s Dakshinpuri area, Kejriwal was punched on his back by a man while the former was shaking hands with his supporters.
March 2014: Some people threw ink at Kejriwal and even threw eggs at his open vehicle when he was campaigning for the Lok Sabha elections in Varanasi.
November 2013: A man, claiming to be a supporter of Anna Hazare, threw ink at Kejriwal when he was holding a press conference in Delhi.