The Delhi unit of Bharatiya Janata Party ( BJP) on Saturday denied any role in the shoe attack on chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and claimed the attacker was “an associate of an AAP cadre” and that it was a “publicity stunt” by the party.
“BJP has no role in the incident of a shoe being thrown at chief minister Arvind Kejriwal. Ved Prakash, who was involved in it, is an associate of an AAP cadre,” Delhi BJP spokesperson Praveen Kapoor said in a statement.
The AAP had claimed that Ved Prakash was in touch with a senior Delhi BJP leader and the police should probe his call records.
“AAP states with full responsibility that this attacker was in touch with the BJP, particularly with a leader of Delhi unit. The call records of this attacker should immediately be looked into by the Delhi Police and it will be crystal clear in a minute with whom this hoodlum was in touch.
“It will be better for the BJP to voluntarily disclose its link with the attacker and its paid front – the so called Aam Aadmi Sena,” the party said in a statement.
However, leader of Opposition in Delhi Assembly Vijender Gupta termed the latest attack on Kejriwal as a “publicity stunt” by AAP.
“The AAP has been orchestrating these attacks on themselves to garner media publicity. Despite so many attacks on Kejriwal, AAP never conducted a proper investigation and an inquiry against the accused,” he said.
The shoe was hurled at Kejriwal during a press conference at Delhi government secretariat, by a man claimed to be from a breakaway group of AAP, triggering angry reactions from AAP which sought to link BJP to the incident.
The attacker, identified as Ved Prakash, said he is general secretary of Aam Aadmi Sena and was angry with the chief minister for not taking action against those involved in alleged irregularities in distribution of CNG stickers.
The Delhi Police arrested Ved Prakash and have registered a case under sections 186, 353, 355 of Indian penal code.