NEW DELHI (Web Desk) – A man hurled shoe at Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal during a press conference convened to announce the second phase of Odd-Even scheme in India’s capital city on Saturday.
The shoe landed near Mr Kejriwal, missing him, while the man was overpowered by police, who carried him off from the venue.
The shoe-thrower, Ved Prakash, said he was the Aam Aadmi Sena, a lesser known breakaway faction of Mr Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party. He was whisked away soon after he hurled the shoe and a CD at Mr Kejriwal.
As per the initial reports, he claimed that he wanted to register his protest in relation to an alleged scam in issuance of CNG stickers for Odd-Even scheme, the NDTV reported.
Odd-Even scheme is Delhi government’s initiative to reduce the national capital’s dangerous pollution levels. As per the scheme, when vehicles having registration numbers as odd numbers ply on a given days, vehicles with even numbered registration will stay off roads that day.
Women, VIPs, two-wheelers are exempted for the scheme, so as CNG-fuelled cars. Such cars will be inspected and given a sticker.
The Delhi Chief Minister has been a victim of such attacks many times in the recent past.
During his campaign for the Delhi Assembly elections in 2014, Kejriwal was attacked with stone while he was addressing a public meeting in South Delhi.
In January this year, a woman threw ink at him as he was addressing a ‘thanksgiving’ session to celebrate the success of the Delhi government’s odd-even scheme.