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Auto driver who slapped Kejriwal apologises

Agencies  New Delhi, April 09, 2014
First Published: 13:06 IST(9/4/2014) | Last Updated: 17:58 IST(9/4/2014)

Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday visited the residence of the autorickshaw driver who had slapped him at a roadshow in Sultanpuri area of North-west Delhi and the AAP leader said he has "forgiven" the man.

"I forgave him," he said after meeting 38-year-old Lali at his residence in Aman Vihar area of Outer Delhi.

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On Tuesday, Lali had first garlanded Kejriwal and then slapped him at the roadshow. Kejriwal sustained a minor injury in his left eye and his spectacles were damaged in the attack.

"I've committed a big mistake. I should have never done what I did. I consider him (Kejriwal) as a god," 38-year-old Lali told reporters after Kejriwal went to meet him at his residence in Kirari, west Delhi.

"I was unhappy and wanted to meet him (Kejriwal) but couldn't. I even went to the janata darbar but failed to meet him there as well," said Lali when he was asked why did he attack Kejriwal.

Lali was later detained by the police but was let off as no complaint was lodged either by Kejriwal or AAP against him.

Arvind Kejriwal gifts a bouquet to the auto-driver who slapped him (Source: AAP Facebook page)


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The AAP leader had called off the roadshow following the incident and headed for Rajghat where he sat for over an hour.

Later at a press conference, Kejriwal had alleged that attacks on him are a part of a "larger conspiracy" and questioned why were these acts only carried out against him and his party.

"Why do these people attack only us and not others. In future, we will also have more dangerous attacks and life threatening attacks, but we have to be ready to face them and not retaliate," Kejriwal said. He, however, said that he will not accept any security.

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Arvind Kejriwal talks to the auto-driver who slapped him (Source: AAP Facebook page)
The AAP chief will also be meeting 19-year-old Abdul Wahid, a resident of Delhi's Jamia Nagar area who twice punched him at a public rally April 4.

Kejriwal was with his party's South Delhi Lok Sabha candidate Devendra Sherawat and three legislators when the attack took place in south Delhi's Dakshinpuri area.



(With inputs from PTI and IANS)

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