Ink thrown at Kejriwal, he replies to Anna’s charges

Arvind KejriwalInk was thrown at Kejriwal and other AAP leaders minutes after Kejriwal disclosed the contents of Hazare’s letter. (IE Photo)

A self-proclaimed BJP worker from Maharashtra was arrested after he threw ink at Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders Arvind Kejriwal, Prashant Bhushan and Manish Sisodia on Monday. The man, Nachiketa Walhekar, comes from Ahmednagar, Maharashtra. He shouted slogans praising Anna Hazare and decried the AAP.

Kejriwal had called a press conference at the Constitution Club to respond to questions Anna Hazare had posed in a letter to him on Sunday. But minutes after Kejriwal disclosed the contents of Hazare's letter, Walhekar threw ink on the three AAP leaders. "They have betrayed the people of this country. They have betrayed Annaji. They have betrayed the Jan Lokpal movement," Walhekar said.

Police arrested Walhekar from the Constitution Club after the incident was reported. "He claims to have been staying at a BJP MP's house in Delhi and said he is a BJP activist who contested panchayat elections in Maharashtra," a senior police officer said.

A case was registered under Sections 448 (trespass), 504 (intentional intent to provoke breach of peace) and 34 (common intention) of the IPC. The complainant stated that others from Nachiketa's group were standing outside Constitution Club. Police were trying to identify these people.

Delhi BJP said Walhekar was not a party member. "The BJP does not approve of such acts and we do not know who this man is," Delhi unit chief Vijay Goel said.

Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj said, "If he was from the BJP he would not be shouting Anna Hazare's name."

It was Hazare's letter to Kejriwal on Sunday that prompted the press conference. In his letter, Hazare asserted that he had nothing to do with the AAP and said that it was "incorrect" for Kejriwal to use his name in the AAP's campaign.

According to Hazare's letter, some people had met him and alleged that the AAP was using funds collected during the Jan Lokpal movement. "You had made some cards with my name on them, through which funds were collected. I have never given... permission to do this. ... using my name for this purpose (collecting money) is not right," Hazare wrote.

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