The AAP leader’s car and his driver were also attacked. After getting first aid, Bharti went to a nearby police station to register a complaint.Read: Arvind Kejriwal slapped, urges workers not to reactWatch: Somnath Bharti being attacked
Reacting to the reports of assault on Bharti, BJP spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad said: “We do not promote any violence.”
AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday filed his nomination papers from the temple town for the most-watched contest of this election, while attacking Narendra Modi and Rahul Gandhi for their “helicopter democracy”.
This is not the first time AAP and BJP workers clashed. Last week in Varanasi, AAP activists had an altercation with volunteers of the BJP when Kejriwal's car was allegedly stopped by BJP workers.Read: AAP's Kumar Vishwas cries threat to lifeClashes broke out between workers of the two parties in half-a-dozen towns across the country earlier in March, hours after Kejriwal was briefly detained by police in a north Gujarat town.
Bharti was widely criticised for his role in a midnight raid of a home, housing Ugandan women, in south Delhi’s Khirki Extension in February. Then law minister, Bharti had raided the area after complaints by residents about the 'illegal' activities of people of African descent and ordered the police to take action. The police's refusal had resulted in an unprecedented political stand-off between the AAP-led Delhi government and the Centre.
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