Man who slapped Kejriwal was an AAP worker

Suresh Chauhan, the man accused of slapping Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal during a roadshow on May 4, regularly attended AAP’s public meetings and used to work as an organiser for AAP’s rallies and public meetings, The Hindu has reported.

In one video filmed on March 26, during a public meeting addressed by Kejriwal in West Delhi’s Sudershan Park, Chauhan can be seen wearing an AAP sash and standing near a high-security area (near the stage) along with party workers.

These new facts have poured cold water over AAP’s plans to milk the attack by claiming it as a conspiracy by BJP and/or Congress.

Kejriwal said the attacker was a ‘Modi bhakt’ and not a disgruntled AAP supporter as the police had claimed. AAP leader Sanjay Singh, who met Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik over the incident, also said the accused is not an AAP worker.

But local police enquiry has established that although Chauhan was not a registered AAP worker, he used to work as an organiser for AAP’s rallies and public meetings. Some registered workers have confirmed this to police but are scared to say it in public.

Chauhan was held on May 4 evening and during interrogation he said, “Galat baat bolta hai [He says incorrect things],” referring to Kejriwal. Suresh said he got disenchanted with the party because its leaders became “arrogant”.

This would not be the first time that an AAP leader or worker became disenchanted with the party and parted ways. In fact, the history of AAP is replete more with high-profile splits and controversies than anything else.

‘Attacks’ on the AAP supremo Kejriwal have a habit of occurring with unerring frequency. Ink, shoes, eggs and fists, Kejriwal has been targeted with various projectiles, and his party & Lutyens’ media has ensured that each such incident is milked to the last drop to garner sympathy for the man.

A man who threw ink on Kejriwal in Nov 2013 for betraying Anna Hazare, ended up joining AAP 6 months later. In April 2014, an autorickshaw driver had slapped Kejriwal during a roadshow in Delhi for not fulfilling promises made to autodrivers.

In January 2016, a woman identified as Bhavna Arora, from AAP’s breakaway group in Punjab, had thrown ink at Kejriwal at a public gathering, alleging a ‘CNG scam’ in the Delhi government. In April 2016, a man from the Aam Aadmi Sena (a breakaway faction from Aam Aadmi Party) had thrown a shoe at Kejriwal.

Kejriwal loves to paint himself as a victim of the established political parties, and has a psychopathic obsession with Narendra Modi. In July 2016, he tried to whip his workers into a paranoid frenzy by claiming in a video address that Modi can get us all killed. Earlier, he had called the PM a coward and psychopath, and also alleged that Modi is an ‘ISI Agent.’

Hence, one senses that Arvind Kejriwal welcomes each such assault as it gives him the oxygen of controversy that is the base for his politics. For AAP, it can be safely said –

“A drama a day, keeps political irrelevancy away”

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