New Delhi: In an unexpected event on Saturday, a shoe was hurled by an unknown person at Delhi chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal during a press conference for the upcoming Odd-Even plan.
As per reports, the intruder who attacked Kejriwal with a shoe was identified as Ved Sharma from Aam Aadmi Sena and was immediately escorted out of the press conference. Unaffected with the incident, Delhi CM immediately resumed the press conference.
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesperson Nalin Kohli while condemning the attack said, “What is worrisome about such attacks is that these are becoming a trend now. There should be certain degree of decency; we really cannot allow this to happen. There has to be some sights of decorum and decency and a line must be drawn.”
Delhi Transport Minister Gopal Rai also reacted and said, “It was a frustrated person who wanted to disturb the press conference.”
Another BJP leader Aizaj Ilmi said “It is absolutely condemnable and nobody can justify such attacks”.
Meanwhile, Aam Aadmi Party leader Kapil Mishra indirectly accused BJP for the attack and tweeted:
Call details of Ved prakash sharma should be probed. He called BJP Delhi leader right before attacking.
— Kapil Mishra (@KapilMishraAAP) April 9, 2016
However, the Incidents of shoes being thrown at politicians are not new. In India, in April 2009, Jarnail Singh, a journalist with a national daily then, had hurled a shoe at then Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram in protest against his remarks on the clean chit given to Congress leaders in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots case.
Today, Singh is an legislator of the AAP.
Also on December 14, 2008, during a press conference in Baghdad, Iraq, an Iraqi journalist Muntadhar al-Zaidi threw both of his shoes at then United States president George W. Bush. Bush ducked in time and avoided being hit by either of the shoes.
Al-Zaidi was subsequently grabbed, kicked and hurried out of the room by former Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s guards.
First Published | 9 April 2016 6:07 PM