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Kejriwal holds road show; denies AAP involvement in shoe-hurling

Navrajdeep Singh, Hindustan Times  Patiala, August 18, 2014
First Published: 08:07 IST(18/8/2014) | Last Updated: 08:23 IST(18/8/2014)

The Aam Aadmi Party convener Arvind Kejriwal condemned the shoe-hurling at Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal while reacting to claims by the state government about AAP’s alleged involvement in the incident, on Sunday after the road show for party candidate Harjit Singh Adaltiwala.

However, he also remarked it was necessary for the CM to understand why it occurred.

Kejriwal, accompanied by Adaltiwala and Patiala MP Dr Dharamvira Gandhi, held a road show which started from SST Nagar. The cavalcade passed through the interiors of the city and ended at Jorian Bhattia area.

Addressing a gathering at the end of it, Kejriwal said, “Though such acts are not tolerable, it is high time Badal thought about what instigated the shoe-thrower, who is about the same age as Badal’s son deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal.”

He was referring to the incident where a youth identified as Vikram hurled his shoe at the CM during the Independence Day function at Issru village in Khanna on August 15.

He was taken into custody after which the police said that Vikram, a resident of Dhanoula in Barnala district, was the convener of AAP’s Dhanaula unit and had planned the incident. The Akali Dal alleged Sangrur MP Bhagwant Mann had orchestrated the attack.

Kejriwal said sending him (shoe-thrower) to jail will not solve the problems of Punjab’s youth.

“Badal must understand the problems and find solutions for the youth whose dreams have been lost among serious issues like corruption and drug menace,” he said.Saying that there was no need to hurl things, Kejriwal urged people to respond by voting against them.
Denying the AAP’s involvement in the ‘derogatory act’, he asked, “Why didn’t the Akalis blame the Congress?”

He further said, “Baffled by the response the AAP got in Punjab during the Lok Sabha polls, the Akalis have unnecessarily named Bhagwant Mann as the key plotter of the episode,” he added.

Attacking state revenue minister Bikram Singh Majithia for his alleged involvement in a multi-crore drug racket, Kejriwal said the drug menace in the state was due to the involvement of ministers of the state government.“Drug rackets in Punjab cannot be ended as long as people vote for politicians such as Majithia. He lashed out at former CM Captain Amarinder Singh for giving a clean chit to Majithia.“Amarinder and Majithia eat, drink and talk together. Same is the case with the state government as instead of taking action against Majithia, the Badals went out of their way to help Majithia,” he said.

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