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Posted at: Jan 1, 2017, 5:54 PM; last updated: Jan 1, 2017, 8:54 PM (IST)

Shoe thrown at Kejriwal at a rally in Rohtak

Delhi CM calls ‘attacker’ a Modi ‘bhakt’ | ‘PM took crores from Sahara, Birla and got shifted officials probing cases’

Sunit Dhawan

Tribune News Service

Rohtak, January 1

A youth threw a shoe at Delhi Chief Minister and AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal during a rally of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) here on Sunday. While the AAP workers thrashed the youth soon after the incident, Kejriwal called him a ‘bhakt’ of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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The shoe was hurled when Kejriwal was castigating the Prime Minister over the demonetisation decision. The youth was later handed over to the police and was being interrogated about the motive behind his action.

The Delhi CM alleged that the BJP leadership invested its own black money in real estate and also told their near and dear ones to do so before announcing the demonetisation move. He termed demonetisation as the biggest scam in the country post Independence.

Levelling serious allegations against the Prime Minister, Kejriwal stated that as per Income Tax Department documents, he (Modi) had accepted money to the tune of Rs 65 crore from the Sahara and Birla groups during his tenure as Gujarat Chief Minister in 2013-14.

He further alleged that the Income Tax officials probing the said cases were shifted so that the truth of the matters could not surface.

Kejriwal also expressed suspicion and dissatisfaction over the role of the media. He asked the rally participants to record his speech and spread it through the social media as the mainstream media, especially the electronic one, might not broadcast what he wished to convey.

Kejriwal’s Cabinet colleague and Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia also targeted Modi and criticised the demonetisation move, stating that it had failed to achieve any of the desired objectives of ending corruption, black money, fake currency and funding of terror networks, rather it had hit all sections of the civil society, especially the common people.

AAP state head Naveen Jaihind claimed that the party would win 100 of the 117 seats of the Punjab Assembly. He exhorted the AAP workers and sympathisers to ensure the party’s victory in the Punjab Assembly polls.

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