Oppn Leaders Condemn Attack on Arvind Kejriwal, Say at No Point Should Physical Violence be Used
Leaders of several opposition parties, including the Trinamool Congress and the Jammu and Kashmir National Conference, condemned the incident.
A grab shows Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal slapped at a rally in Delhi on Saturday.
Telugu Desam Party chief and Andhra Pradesh Chandrababu Naidu denounced the "dastardly act" and held the Delhi Police responsible for allowing the incident to take place. "After trying to defeat him, demoralize him, degrade him, destabilize him, dethrone him, and destroy his party, the forces that have destroyed institutions, derailed federal principles are now attempting to physically attack Arvind Kejriwal," he said.
After trying to defeat him, demoralize him, degrade him, destabilize him, dethrone him, and destroy his party, the forces that have destroyed institutions, derailed federal principles are now attempting to physically attack Sri @ArvindKejriwal— N Chandrababu Naidu (@ncbn) May 4, 2019
Jammu and Kashmir National Conference leader Omar Abdullah, in his response, said that at no point should physical violence be used as an alternative to political dialogue.
In a Twitter post, he wrote, “Shocking. Unacceptable to use physical violence to make a political point”.
Shocking. Unacceptable to use physical violence to make a political point. https://t.co/9oFmcpcq3j— Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) May 4, 2019
Trinamool Congress spokesperson Derek O’Brien also came out with a scathing remark directed at the BJP in which he said that the act only goes to prove the saffron party's defeat in Delhi.
“They are desperately creating incidents to try and find ‘game-changer’….Modi is OUT,” he said while referring to a separate controversy around a "doctored" video of TMC chief Mamata Banerjee.
The @ArvindKejriwal incident in Delhi and the malicious spin on a silly video targeting @MamataOfficial in Bengal prove that BJP has already LOST. They are desperately creating incidents to try and find 'game-changers'. People have already changed the game! Modi is OUT: Derek— All India Trinamool Congress (@AITCofficial) May 4, 2019
Former BJP leader and a vocal critic of the Modi government, Yashwant Sinha, also didn’t mince his words when condemning the “cowardly attack” on the Delhi CM.
Condemn in the strongest terms the cowardly attack on CM Delhi.— Yashwant Sinha (@YashwantSinha) May 4, 2019
Meanwhile, the AAP which is holding the saffron party responsible said that it is not just “an attack on Arvind Kejriwal” but one “on Delhi and its mandate”.
Police have arrested the man who slapped Kejriwal and an investigation is now underway.
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