Kejriwal detention: AAP, BJP clash
Hours after the Election Commission (EC) announced the dates for the upcoming Lok Sabha election on Wednesday, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers clashed with each other in Delhi, Lucknow and Gujarat, reports said.
Angry AAP activists protested outside the BJP's headquarters in New Delhi on Wednesday evening after party supremo Arvind Kejriwal was briefly detained in the western town of Radhanpur in Gujarat.
The activists protested to demand a reason from the BJP for detaining AAP leaders in Gujarat.
The AAP activists were seen clashing with the BJP workers in the national capital.
Requesting his party activists to stay calm, Kejriwal later tweeted: "I urge all volunteers not to raise their hand n to stay calm n non-violent. U shud be prepared to lay down ur life but never raise hand."
Kejriwal's car was attacked on Wednesday evening and its windshield cracked as the convoy passed through Kutch, media reports said.
The demonstration in Delhi was held after Kejriwal was briefly detained by the police in Gujarat earlier in the day.
While, the AAP activists alleged that the Gujarat government played politics to prevent them from holding rallies in the state, Gujarat Police denied detaining Kejriwal and his supporters and said that it was merely checking.
"The Model Code of Conduct is in force. Therefore, you need a permit to hold a rally. We did not detain him. We were merely checking if he had permit," DIG Parikshita Rathore told CNN-IBN.
Kejriwal on Wednesday reached Gujarat on a four-day visit to check development claims made by state CM and BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi.
He reached the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport in Ahmedabad at around 8:30 am.
On Mar 8, Kejriwal will address a public rally at Vijay Chowk area in Bapunagar.
(Posted on 05-03-2014)