Aam Aadmi Party leader and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal faced protests at Ludhiana railway station as he arrived for his four day Punjab tour on Thursday. Leaders of ruling Shiromani Akali Dal threw bangles on Kejriwal when he got down from the Amritsar-Delhi Shatabdi Express. Members of Congress’ Women Wing also lodged protests against the AAP leader.
As Kejriwal de-boarded the train and was being escorted by AAP volunteers and police to the back gate of the station, Youth Akali Dal leader Gurdeep Singh Gosha and an accomplice, identifying himself as Laadi, raised slogans of ‘Kejriwal Wapis Jao.’ The duo also misbehaved with some media persons after being pushed to side by the security personnel.
Talking to reporters, Gosha said “We have brought bangles for him and threw them on him to put across the message that we will not allow him to pollute Punjab. We are not going to tolerate it”. He added that former Women Wing Leader of AAP Kirandeep Kaur has lodged serious allegations of sexual harassment of women in the party, and they want him to resign on these charges.
In the meanwhile Congress Mahila (women) Wing workers led by President Leena Taparia first protested against the AAP leader outside the Railway Station and then reached the platform. They were carrying placards ‘Go Back Kejriwal,’ ‘Anti Aurat party’ and ‘Delhi Ko Barbaad Kiya, Punjab Nahin,’ and were also holding black flags.
As the AAP leader boarded his vehicle on way to Jhande Village where he will stay at a party volunteers house, at the back gate some “ex” volunteers under the banner of Anti Corruption Wing Punjab again showed him black flags and placards.
Amandeep Boparai, one of the leaders of five member group, said “I am NRI and live in San Francisco of United States. I had done a lot for party in US. I want them to change candidates with criminal cases”.
In the meanwhile, senior AAP Leaders Sanjay Singh, MP Bhagwant Mann, Ludhiana coordinator C M Lakhanpal also reached railway Station along with party volunteers.