On May 4, AAP chief Kejriwal was slapped by a man (later identified as Suresh Chauhan) in Moti Nagar in West Delhi while campaigning for the Lok Sabha elections.
The CM had stepped on to an open jeep and was shaking hands with supporters and waving at the gathering when Suresh who owns a spare-parts business in Kailash climbed on the bonnet of an open SUV that Kejriwal was riding in and had slapped him before being beaten up by the party’s supporters.
“I don’t know why I slapped him (Arvind Kejriwal). I regret it,” Suresh said while talking to ANI on Thursday.
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Suresh also claimed that he is not affiliated to any political party
“I am not affiliated to any political party. Nobody asked me to do this. Police did not misbehave with me. They only said what I did was wrong,” he added.
Delhi Police had booked Chauhan under Section 323 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) for voluntarily causing hurt and said he had told them during preliminary interrogation that he was an AAP supporter. Police also claimed that Chauhan had become disenchanted with AAP due to the behaviour of its leaders and was further angered by “distrust of the party in the armed forces.”
The Aam Aadmi Party had rubbished the department’s claims and said that Chauhan’s wife said that he was a supporter of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Arvind Kejriwal later said that the attack against him was part of a “conspiracy by the BJP.” He said the assault was an insult to the people of the national capital.
The incident prompted a strong reaction from the AAP which alleged BJP was behind the “cowardly act”. After the statement, the AAP hit back at the Delhi Police, saying “this is the same Delhi Police who had planted earlier that NO MIRCHI attack happened on the CM”.
“Today, he was wearing a cap (which he later took off) and scarf of AAP, and was in the reception group of the CM. No one objected to him being there as he had been an organiser for the party. He was standing near the front right tyre of the Gypsy. He took off the scarf, climbed the bonnet and attempted to assault the Hon’ble CM. Further interrogation of the person is on,” the police had then said.
This was not the first time that the Aam Aadmi Party convener was assaulted.
Kejriwal was also slapped in 2015 while campaigning for Delhi assembly elections and again in the same year when an autorickshaw driver slapped him during a roadshow in Delhi.
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