A shoe was hurled at the Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, while he was addressing a press conference to announce the second phase of Odd-Even formula.
Watch: Shoe being hurled at Delhi chief minister, Arvind Kejriwal, as he was addressing news conference to announce second phase of Odd-Even formula (Video_ ANI News Agency)
Posted by Janta Ka Reporter on Saturday, 9 April 2016
In less than two minutes into the press conference, a man hurled a shoe at Kejriwal. One of Kejriwal’s colleagues caught the shoe before it could hit the chief minister.
The attacker identified himself as Ved Prakash adding that he was a member of Aam Aadmi Sena.
He talked about alleged irregularities in distribution of CNG stickers and claimed that no action has been taken though a complaint was filed by him with the Chief Minister.
The man was later taken into police custody, where the cops are currently interrogating him.
Here’s how people have reacted to this incident;
PC Chacko, Congress: “This is a condemnable action that has taken place. It is unacceptable that Kejriwal has been attacked with a shoe. But the fact is that the internal problem of the AAP is coming out. This is not the first time. It is the second time that Kejriwal has been attacked. This is not done by any of the parties which are opposing Kejriwal”
“This is because of the authoritarian style of Kejriwal that his own party people are rising up in revolt. He has to look into the issue that why such a situation is arising. The situation is created by Kejriwal himself,”
Nalin Kohli, BJP: “It is condemnable, somewhere a line needs to be drawn to stop such acts. It doesn’t matter who belongs to what or where. What is worrisome is that this is becoming a trend now. People are crossing limits in terms of harming people and throw a shoe or something like that. And within the structure, such rewards sometimes lead to encouragement,”
Gopal Rai, minister in Delhi government: “It’s as an act of frustration because of the success of the road rationing scheme initiated by the Kejriwal government. Few people who had displeasure when the Odd Even Scheme became successful, so it is the act of frustrated people who are trying to derail the work.”
In India, in April 2009, Jarnail Singh, a journalist with a national daily then, had hurled a shoe at then Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram in protest against his remarks on the clean chit given to Congress leaders in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots case.
Today, Singh is an legislator of the AAP.
Earlier, on December 14, 2008, during a press conference in Baghdad, Iraq, an Iraqi journalist Muntadhar al-Zaidi threw both of his shoes at then United States president George W. Bush. Bush ducked in time and avoided being hit by either of the shoes.
Al-Zaidi was subsequently grabbed, kicked and hurried out of the room by former Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s guards.
(With inputs from PTI and ANI)