Hurling footwear is a habit fast catching on in the political circles.
After journalist Jarnail Singh’s shoe missile on home minister P. Chidambaram, BJP’s prime ministerial candidate L K Advani found himself in the line of fire at an election rally in Katni, Madhya Pradesh, on Thursday.
Disgruntled local BJP member Pawas Agrawal threw a khadau (wooden slipper) at Advani, who was in the middle of a speech. The slipper missed the BJP veteran by 5 feet.
BJP’s Iron Man remained unfazed, finished his speech and left for the next election meeting at Shahdol. He did not mention the incident at all at Shahdol.
However, his adversary, Agrawal, was immediately arrested and charged under Sections 353 and 151 of the Indian Penal Code. “Advaniji naqli Loh Purush hai (Advani is a fake iron man). He has no ideology. On one hand he asks for votes in the name of Ram and on the other hand pays obeisance to Jinnah,” Agrawal told the media after his arrest.
Agrawal, a former district unit president of the party’s youth wing, was reportedly angry for not being appointed the district BJP president. BJP leaders said he had resigned from the party during the Assembly election in November and joined the Congress. Local BJP leaders also claimed that Agrawal is deranged.
“Documents pertaining to his treatment have been made available to the police by his father,” Pappu Bajaj, BJP’s election coordinator for Khajuraho, told the Hindustan Times. Agrawal’s brother Sankalp confirmed Bajaj’s claim.
“My brother is suffering from severe depression. He was hopeful of being nominated as BJP’s city president. When the top post didn’t come his way, he slipped into depression. But he is still working for BJP,” Sankalp said.
Advani was in the region to campaign for the party’s candidate from Khajuraho, Jitendra Singh Bundela.