Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s convoy was today attacked on Ludhiana-Ferozepur road in Punjab. Kejriwal’s car windscreen shattered after being hit by a stone. He was sitting on the front seat of the car.
After the attack, Kejriwal tweeted, “My car attacked with sticks and stones in Ludhiana. Front glass pane broken. Badals and Congress nervous? They can’t break my spirits.”
The Delhi chief minister earlier visited Boha village in Ludhiana, where two Dalit youth were killed in an alleged fake encounter in 2014. “Terror of Badals is all set to end after one year,” he said to the families of the two.
The attack took place as Kejriwal exited a venue where he interacted with industrialists around 12.20pm. A group of Sikh protestors threw stones at his car.
Kejriwal is in Punjab to campaign for the assembly elections scheduled to be held in 2017.
“The attackers came within an inch of grievously injuring Kejriwal. It was by only God’s grace that he escaped unhurt. In a well orchestrated attack the goons sent by Badals attacked Kejriwal’s car with stones & rods as police stood by,” (sic) AAP leader Ashish Khetan tweeted.
The AAP gave no further details. It was not immediately clear if Kejriwal, who usually sits to the left of the driver, continued with his journey or not.
The AAP put out a photograph showing the shattered front glass pane with a visibly worried Punjab police officer standing close by. The car appeared to be stranded on a rural road, with a police vehicle in the front.
It is learnt that large number of people reached to listen to Kejriwal at Mandi Gobindgarh despite all roads leading to the venue were closed by the police. The ruling SAD-BJP and main opposition party Congress are running a camapaign against Kejriwal, blaming him for misrule in Delhi. BJP and Congress even tried to link Kejriwal with radical Sikh leader late Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindrawala. SAD leaders are issuing warnings to Kejriwal and Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has described him seasonal bird. He even said that Kejriwal was not competent to handle a sensitive state like Punjab.