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HindustanTimes Sun,23 Nov 2014

Kejriwal apologises for violence by AAP workers, says they won’t repeat mistake

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, March 06, 2014
First Published: 17:43 IST(6/3/2014) | Last Updated: 21:08 IST(6/3/2014)

Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday admitted his party workers indulged in violence outside the Bharatiya Janata Party headquarters in New Delhi on Wednesday. He apologised on behalf of his party workers and said the AAP would not repeat its mistake.

“I apoligise on behalf of the workers who turned violent outside the BJP office. We will not engage in violent protests in the future,” Kejriwal said in Gujarat.

The former Delhi chief minister appealed to his supporters to choose the path of non-violence. “We should always be ready to offer our lives, not take away those of others,” he said. “The BJP is too small an entity to engage with the. We have to save the country. We can’t afford to be distracted by other things,” Kejriwal added.

Read: Kejriwal slams Modi, urges AAP workers to maintain peace

The former Delhi chief minister said he would cancel his Gujarat tour if there was more violence by his party workers. “Those who are fighting us are our brothers. They will eventually come to our party,” he said about workers of the BJP.

He alleged the BJP was taking on the AAP to scuttle its campaign. “They are fighting with us so that the focus shifts from our campaign to such petty issues. They want the TV channels to report such incidents to shadow the work we are doing for the people.”

The AAP chief claimed he was not in Gujarat for a political rally, but to srutinise Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi’s claims of development in the state. “The mode of development in Gujarat is bogus. I asked a BJP supporter who was waving a black flag at me to list the development indicators in the state. He had to think for a while before he could tell me one.”

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