Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal came under an ink attack in Rajasthan on Tuesday, days after he said the Indian government should provide evidence that its troops carried out “surgical strikes” by crossing the Line of Control to hunt terrorists in Azad Kashmir, NDTV reported.
As the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader was leaving the home of a local leader after a condolence meeting, a man later identified as Dinesh Ojha accused Kejriwal of being an anti-national and attacked him with black ink.
Ojha — a student leader of the Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), the student wing of the BJP — was taken into custody, NDTV quoted police sources as saying.
The Delhi CM tweeted after the ink attack saying: “God bless those who threw ink at me.”
Kejriwal recently came under fire from the right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party government for releasing a video in which he criticised Pakistan but also asked the Indian government to provide substantial evidence regarding the alleged ‘surgical strikes’ across the LoC.
In a subsequent talk with reporters on Tuesday, he leaned on Pakistan’s shoulder to shoot off a query to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying he should give a stinging rejoinder to Islamabad’s persistent denial of any such strikes.
Responding to the BJP’s complaints, Kejriwal said: “If I asked [the government] to give a befitting response to Pakistan’s false propaganda, why is BJP so scared and rattled?”
“I ask every Indian to watch that video carefully. In my video, putting all our differences aside, I lauded PM Modi, the Indian government and Indian army for conducting ‘surgical strikes’ on terror launch pads across the LoC”.
“All the newspapers and televisions including Washington Post, The New York Times, BBC and CNN are rejecting the Indian claim of surgical strikes and in my video I appealed to PM Modi to give a befitting response to Pakistan’s false propaganda.”