Kejriwal faces ‘pamphlet protest’ at Golden Temple
Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) convener and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal was targeted by unidentified persons who threw leaflets towards him terming him “anti-Sikh” when he visited the Golden Temple on Sunday afternoon.Updated: Jul 04, 2016 12:00 IST
Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) convener and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal was targeted by unidentified persons who threw leaflets towards him terming him “anti-Sikh” when he visited the Golden Temple on Sunday afternoon.
The pamphlets blamed the AAP leader for razing of a “piao” (drinking water kiosk) outside the Sis Ganj Gurdwara in Delhi’s Chandni Chowk area.
The protesters also raised anti-Kejriwal slogans before they were overpowered and beaten up by AAP supporters. The Delhi CM was taken away from the place by cops present at the shrine in civvies.
Comparing Kejriwal with former PM Indira Gandhi, a protester, who identified himself as Ranjit Singh, said the Sikh community would never forgive him and his party’s ideology, which had hurt the sentiments of Sikhs. The leaflets also termed Kejriwal “arrogant” and culprit of Sikhs.
Police said they had no clue about the persons who threw the leaflets. E-Division station house officer Sanjeev Kumar said: “Our priority was Kejriwal’s security. The persons who threw pamphlets have not been identifies and no case has been registered.”
He also denied the police laxity and said over 30 cops were deployed for Kejriwal’s security at the shrine.
The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) didn’t recognise Kejriwal’s visit as he was not presented a “siropa” (robe of honour) at the shrine.
The AAP leader was in Amritsar to release the party’s youth manifesto ahead of 2017 Assembly polls. Later, he also visited Durgiana Temple.
Meanwhile, singer Jassi Jasraj, who was expelled from the AAP a few months ago, reached the Golden Temple and challenged Kejriwal for a debate. However, the Delhi CM ignored him saying “dekhte” (we will see).
First Published: Jul 03, 2016 15:55 IST