The Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal came under strong criticism after he sent video message where he appealed Prime Minister Narendra Modi to expose Pakistan's "false propaganda" on the Indian Army's Surgical strike.
On Tuesday, two unidentified people threw ink on Kejriwal in Bikaner, Rajasthan. The two were later detained by police. Reacting to the ink attack, Kejriwal took to Twitter wishing the attackers well. “Hmmm… God bless those who threw ink at me. I wish them well,” Kejriwal tweeted.
Kejriwal was also criticized by his one-time mentor Anna Hazare. "It is unfair to ask for proof of surgical strikes. I condemn this. The matter is related to the army, country and the border. At this time, it is wrong to mistrust (the army). There was a lot planning done for the operation. In a such a case, how can we mistrust people?" Hazare asked.
At a press conference on Tuesday, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said "the AAP leader should answer whether he believed in the Indian Army or not."
Kejriwal later retorted: “I am unhappy. Ravi Shankar ji is saying I am playing politics. Am I playing politics or they?”
In Bikaner several activists of right-wing group took to the road and showed black flags for his comments.
“Kejriwal was on his way to Bikaner from Jodhpur when the activists showed him black flags in Nokha town,” said Sub-Inspector of Nokha police station Jasveer Singh.
“One of the activists Bajrang Paliwal has been arrested under section 151 of CrPC (Arrest to prevent the commission of cognisable offences),” he added.
This is not the first time the chief minister was targeted. When he was campaigning in a roadshow for 2014 Lok Sabha elections in Varanasi, he was attacked with ink. An autorickshaw driver also threw ink at the CM before he won the elections and became CM. Kejriwal, later met the driver at his residence and received an apology.
BY M. DIVYA SRI