Kejriwal greeted with black flags again
In an embarrassment for the state leadership, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) national convener and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal was greeted with black flags by protesters for the second consecutive day on Tuesday.
Kejriwal, who started campaigning for the party candidates on Monday, faced protests at Karamgarh village of Barnala and near Dhuri overbridge in Sangrur during his roadshow in favour of sitting MP Bhagwant Mann who is seeking re-election from Sangrur.
The protesters were upset over Kejriwal’s apology to Akali leader Bikram Singh Majithia to settle a drug charge-related defamation case last year, besides Mann’s failure to bring any major development project to the area. The roadshow started from Barnala and culminated at Dirba after passing through Sherpur, Dhuri and Sangrur towns.
Dismissing the protests, Kejriwal alleged that they were people hired at ₹250 each. “This is the only employment that the Amarinder Singh government has provided to them,” he said. The Delhi CM said he is still against drug menace but the circumstances forced him to take a step back.
“I have met many people, but they did not ask about any apology. The question is only in the media. I want to make it clear that I was facing over 33 cases which wasted a lot of my time as I had to go to court for hearings on daily basis,” he said.
The state unit of the AAP was pinning its hopes on Kejriwal’s back-to-back roadshows in Sangrur, Bathinda and Faridkot but the response has been tepid so far as compared to his visits in the run-up to the last two parliamentary and state assembly polls. Kejriwal was a huge draw then.
People showing black flags to Kejriwal at Karamgarh village on Tuesday.