Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal lambasted the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the NDA government at the Centre over the attacks on him in the last three years.
Speaking in the Delhi Assembly on Monday, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief said that he has been attacked four times in the last three years but no action has been taken against his attackers involved in the incidents. The Delhi CM also said that the attacks on him are attacks on Delhi as he is a common man elected by the people.
“I have been attacked four times in the last three years. I have no standing; I am an insignificant man. I was attacked because the people of Delhi made a common man the Chief Minister. The attacks have not been made on me but the people of Delhi,” Kejriwal said.
“No one was chargesheeted in the Chhatrasal stadium attack on me. Nothing happened in the second incident. In the third attack on me, a BJP parliamentarian was caught on camera. Nothing happened in that as well. Let us see what happens in the fourth attack on me,” the Delhi CM said recalling each incident.
Kejriwal also demanded the resignation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
“If PM Modi is incapable of providing security to Delhi CM, he should resign from his post,” said Kejriwal.
In January 2016, a woman had thrown ink at Kejriwal when he was addressing a gathering at Chhatrasal Stadium. A political political activist had had hurled a shoe at the Delhi CM later that year. The shoe missed Kejriwal by a whisker.
In the recent episode, a man threw chilli powder on Kejriwal inside Delhi Secretariat on 20 November. The AAP pointed fingers at the BJP. Some of the party’s MLAs also accused the Delhi Police of downplaying the seriousness of the attack by issuing a statement not mentioning that chilli powder was thrown at the CM.
A day after the incident, Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said that the man was a member of the BJP.
“After failing to stop Kejriwal from working for the people of Delhi, now the BJP wants him eliminated. The entire series of events indicate that top BJP leadership had knowledge of the attack on Kejriwal,” Sisodia claimed.
On the other hand, BJP MP and party chief in Delhi Manoj Tiwari demanded a high-level probe into the matter. The party claimed that the entire incident was a “drama” by Kejriwal.