AAP-BJP clash: Kejriwal apologises
Amid clashes between Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers in different parts of the country, party supremo and former Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday apologised for the involvement of his party workers in violence across states following his detention and said they should not involved in such activities.
"AAP workers shouldn't have protested today. I regret for it," Kejriwal told reporters.
"I am lucky that you all love me so much. But we should not protest in this way for mere detention..I am ready to sacrifice my life for the country," he said.
"Don't think about my life. We should not follow the path of violence. No one will protest tomorrow," the ex-Delhi CM said.
He said: "We are not fighting against the BJP or any other party. We have to fight corruption, inflation."
Kejriwal, however, said the Gujarat Police detained him for 'no reason'.
"My car was attacked and windshield broken," he said.
The BJP also urged its workers to stay calm.
BJP president Rajnath Singh tweeted: "Being a responsible political party the BJP does not believe in anarchy and violence."
"I appeal to all party karyakartas in the country to stay calm and peaceful," Singh said.
Slamming the AAP over its protest, the senior leader said: " I strongly condemn the AAP's violent protest at the gates of BJP office today in Delhi. It shows AAP's undemocratic and anarchist character."
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 several parts of the country including Delhi, Lucknow and Gujarat, reports said.
The AAP tweeted: "Now BJP supporters burning #AAP caps in Allahabad."
The activists protested to demand a reason from the BJP for detaining AAP leaders in Gujarat.
AAP activists were seen clashing with the BJP workers in the national capital.
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)