Kejriwal fears 'threat to life' after assault

Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal said he faces threat to his life after an autorickshaw driver slapped him during his roadshow in Sultanpuri in North-West Delhi constituency on Tuesday. 

“The attacks are scripted and the attackers give scripted reasons,” he said. The driver who slapped Kejriwal said that AAP had not fulfilled its promises made to autorickshaw drivers. 

Kejriwal said this was the fifth attack on him in the past one month and second during his roadshows in Delhi.

“Why are all the attacks taking place only against us?” Kejriwal said. “There will be more attacks, and we can also get killed.”

Also in a quick tweet after the attack, Kejriwal wrote, “Why am I being repeatedly attacked? Who the masterminds? What do they want? What do they achieve?”

Message to volunteers

Kejriwal said he has asked his volunteers not to resort to violence. The attacker was beaten up by AAP volunteers, according to reports.

After the incident, Kejriwal went to Raj Ghat, the memorial to Mahatma Gandhi. “I went there to pray for courage and patience for our movement.” 

Kejriwal said that those attacking him are victims of the system and he has no ill feelings against them. On why he was being targeted, he said the emergence of the Aam Aadmi Party had spoiled the “setting” among political parties.

“I don’t want security. As long as god wants me to live, no one can harm me. The day god feels my time is over, I will die; no one can stop that,” he said, once again denying security cover. 

AAP leader Manish Sisodia said such attacks cannot be stopped by strengthening security. 

Without naming anyone, he said that those attacking Kejriwal were getting money. “The last attack was a paid one. I don’t know who are behind such incidents,” Sisodia said.

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