Angry workers of Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party faced water cannons from the police when they protested at the BJP’s headquarters in Delhi this evening.
The demonstration was held after Mr. Kejriwal was detained briefly by the police in Gujarat in the western town of Radhanpur, hours after national elections were announced.
The 45-year-old is on a four-day tour of Gujarat where he says he will conduct on-the-ground checks of the extensive development of the state that has been highlighted by Narendra Modi and the BJP in his campaign for prime minister.
Mr. Kejriwal was detained for failing to adhere to an election code of conduct that requires prior police permission. He described the encounter as harassment ordered by Mr. Modi.
“Kejriwal did not have permission for a rally or procession, hence was detained for violation of code of conduct which came into force from today,” the senior magistrate of the local district told.
“He was not there to hold any election rally. He had only gone there to watch and observe the development that Modi is claiming has taken place in the state,” countered Kumar Vishwas, a senior leader from the Aam Aadmi Party.