Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was met with protests by workers of BJP’s women wing at the New Delhi railway station as he departed for Punjab earlier today.
Describing it as a “huge security breach”, AAP accused the Delhi Police of compromising the Chief Minister’s security by “leaking” his schedule.
As the Chief Minister boarded a Shatabdi train to Ludhiana, women activists followed him, shouting slogans against sacked AAP minister Sandeep Kumar, who has been accused of rape by a woman who featured in a sex tape with him. Mr Kumar was arrested on the weekend and is in police lock-up.
His deputy Manish Sisodia targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP, saying the crowd at the station was part of a conspiracy.
“Why did this happen despite the police being informed about the Chief Minister’s schedule? He is pushed around in the presence of the police, and they were silent spectators. TV cameras had been called. It is obvious that this was planned,” Mr Sisodia tweeted in Hindi.
Reports have quoted the Delhi police as saying that it will not be able to provide security to the Chief Minister during his Punjab tour as it does not have jurisdiction there.
“We have not refused him security. He is leaving Delhi for Punjab for five days. As per the security norms, if he travels by train or car, we are supposed to drop him at the first destination in that state and after that, the state police takes over,” the Press Trust of India quoted a senior Delhi Police official as saying.
Kejriwal will be spending the next four days in Punjab, traveling across the state.
Kejriwal departed for Ludhiana today to confer with leaders in regard to party tickets for the upcoming state elections in Punjab. The party unit in the state has been beset by major problems especially after its state convenor Sucha Singh Chhotepur was removed following bribery allegations. Kejriwal’s visit to Punjab comes on a day when former BJP leader Navjot Singh Sidhu is expected to announce his political plans with respect to ‘Awaz-e-Punjab’ outfit in Chandigarh.