Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) national convener Arvind Kejriwal was on Thursday heckled by the BJP, Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and Congress activists, who held protests against him at New Delhi and Ludhiana railway stations over allegations of misconduct against AAP leaders, as he started his four-day visit to Punjab to give a push to the party’s poll campaign in the state.
Activists led by Delhi BJP women’s wing chief Kamaljeet Sehrawat and party spokesman Praveen Kapoor raised slogans and waved bangles towards Kejriwal, who arrived at platform number 1 of New Delhi railway station to board the Delhi-Ludhiana-Amritsar Shatabdi Express around 7am. Some protesters jostled with the policemen and Kejriwal was caught in the melee.
Punjab: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal arrives in Ludhiana amidst protests by Akali Dal and Congress pic.twitter.com/8YZ7qOVmON— ANI (@ANI_news) September 8, 2016
As Kejriwal reached the Ludhiana railway station at 11.30am, Youth Akali Dali Dal (Urban) chief Gurdeeep Singh Gosha and his supporters threw bangles at Kejriwal. Members of the local unit of the Mahila Congress showed black flags and raised ‘Go back Kejriwal’ solgans. A few disgruntled AAP volunteers also protested against the party’s national convener.
As hundreds of AAP volunteers and senior leaders including MPs Bhagwant Mann and Sadhu Singh, Punjab affairs incharge Sanjay Singh among others were waiting for Kejriwal at platform number 2, some members of Shiromani Akali Dal and Congress reached at the same platform.
As Kejriwal stepped out of the train at 11.30 AM, some AAP volunteers and the police as well as the supporters encircled him to provide security. While breaking the security cover, YAD leader Gosha threw bangles.
Congress women wing’s Ludhiana district president Leena Taparia, who also led a group of party activists, raised slogans “Kejriwal Go Back”. As Kejriwal stepped out of the railway station, he faced another group of protesters, who claimed to be from a Hindu outfit. However, the Punjab police did not allow any protester to come near him.
As protestors were waiting for Kejriwal at platform number 1 and the main entrance, the Delhi CM was taken away from the rear gate of the Ludhiana station, where party supporters were waiting.
Party’s Ludhiana East candidate Daljeet Singh Grewal said Akalis and Congress are protesting against the AAP national convener out of frustration.
Meanwhile, passengers faced a tough time at the railway station during Kejriwal’s visit.