Aam Aadmi Party leader and Delhi deputy CM, Manish Sisodia has claimed that the man who slapped Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal during a roadshow on Saturday was an avid supporter of the BJP.
However according to police sources the attacker was a disgruntled AAP supporter. Sisodia also slammed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) after the incident on Saturday. “Do [Narendra] Modi and Amit Shah want Kejriwal to be murdered,” Sisodia tweeted, attacking the prime minister and the BJP chief.
He said the BJP could not break the morale of Kejriwal, nor could not defeat him in elections in five years. “Now you want him removed from your way like this. You cowards,” he said in a tweet.
AAP spokesperson Saurabh Bharadwaj had alleged that the Delhi Police had planted the man.
“Delhi Police planting that man belonged to AAP, this is really shameful given the fact that the attacker’s wife has herself said he was a Modi-bhakt and did not like anyone talking against Modi.
“This is the same Delhi Police which had planted earlier that no ‘mirchi attack’ happened on the chief minister. It was later when the Delhi government provided CCTV footage to Delhi Police that left its political masters red faced,” Bharadwaj said.
Sisodia said on Sunday that the attacker could deny that the woman is his wife after Delhi Police interrogates him.
Delhi Police said that preliminary interrogation has revealed that 33-year-old Suresh, a scrap dealer in the area, was a supporter of the party and he used to work as organiser of its rallies and meetings.
According to Suresh, over time he got disenchanted due to behaviour of party leaders and he was angered further due to the party’s “distrust in the armed forces,” the police said.