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Kejriwal apologises for AAP activists' protest

Posted on Mar 06 2014 | IBNS

New Delhi, Mar 6 : A day after Aam Aadmi Party activists involved in clashes outside the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) headquarters here on Wednesday, party supremo Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday apologised on behalf of his party workers and said the AAP would not repeat its mistake.

"Our workers were protesting peacefully. But they may have thrown one or two stones at the BJP workers after they were attacked. I don't think this is right and I apologise on behalf of my party. I also appeal for calm and ask my supporters to not protest further," Kejriwal said.

He also slammed Gujarat Chief Minister and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)'s PM candidate Narendra Modi for claiming so much of development in his state.

"We've toured various parts of Gujarat and we see that there is no development, even though Modi claims there is," the former Delhi CM said.

Meanwhile, senior AAP leader Prashant Bhushan has now said that no official FIR has been lodged against any of its leaders.

The Delhi Police on Thursday said they have arrested 14 AAP workers, who were allegedly involved in the clashes outside the BJP headquarters here on Wednesday.

According to reports, the arrests were made after a First Information Report (FIR) was lodged at Parliament Street Police Station against the AAP workers for allegedly damaging public property and obstructing public servants from discharging their duties.

The FIR includes the names of AAP leaders like Ashutosh and Shazia Ilmi, who were also questioned later in the day.

The Delhi Police said they will submit a report on the incident to the Election Commission on Thursday.

Hours after the Election Commission announced the dates for the upcoming Lok Sabha election on Wednesday, AAP and BJP workers clashed with each other in several parts of the country including Delhi, Lucknow and Gujarat, reports said.

The clashes intensified when the news of the detention of AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal in Gujarat reached his party workers.

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