Man throws shoe at Kejriwal during ‘odd-even’ round 2 announcement

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Apr 14, 2016 13:31 IST
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal has had a history of being heckled in public, including an attempt by a woman to throw ink on him in January. (Faizan Haider/HT Photo)

A man threw a shoe at Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday while he was speaking about the reintroduction of traffic rationing measures in the national capital.

Ved Prakash of the ‘Aam Aadmi Sena’ threw the shoe at Kejriwal, alleging fake CNG stickers were being distributed in Delhi ahead of the odd-even vehicular scheme. He said he had a video evidence of the “scam”. The man has been detained by police after the incident.

Cars running on CNG are exempt from the Odd-Even scheme.

Delhi transport minister Gopal Rai condemned the incident, saying it “would not deter our aim to provide good governance and our commitment towards a cleaner environment”.

“It’s an act done by a frustrated man. Incidents like these keep on happening,” he added.

The Delhi CM later continued his press conference on the traffic rationing scheme. “We are thinking about implementing the odd-even (scheme) for 15 days every month,” Kejriwal said. “People can call on 011-422400400 if they have any questions related to the scheme,” he added.

Vehicles carrying children in school uniforms will be also be left out of the scheme, Kejriwal said.

Not the first public attack

Kejriwal has had a history of being heckled in public, including an attempt by a woman to throw ink on him in January. The AAP called the attack a rehearsal for an assassination attempt on the chief minister.

Watch: Ink attack on Kejriwal in January

In 2014, he was slapped by a man during a roadshow in Sultanpuri area of northwest Delhi. This was the second such attack on Kejriwal in April 2014. On March 28 2014, Kejriwal was hit on his neck by a man claiming to be a supporter of Anna Hazare in Haryana.

The Varanasi ink attack

The AAP leader and some of his colleagues were victims of an ink attack in Varanasi in March 2014, where he had challenged the Bharatiya Janata Party’s Narendra Modi in the Lok Sabha elections. An egg was also hurled at his car outside the famous Vishwanath temple on the same day.

With inputs from agencies

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