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. Police officers scrambled to provide security cover to the AAP leader as BJP women workers jostled around him to get a statement. They urged the chief minister to speak on allegations of party leaders ‘exploiting’ women in return for party tickets in Punjab and the controversy surrounding the blog post of AAP leader Ashutosh on the Sandeep Kumar sex scandal. Kumar, who was a minister in the Delhi cabinet, was removed from the party.
AAP leader Sanjay Singh alleged the protest at the railway station was a ploy by the Delhi Police, which comes under the Home Ministry, to allow BJP workers in harassing Kejriwal. He also asked on Twitter why the same workers did not question actions of former union minister Nihal Chand and Babu Lal.
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.
Kejriwal will be spending the next four days in Punjab, traveling across the state. He is scheduled to visit Patiala, the bastion of Congress leader Amarinder Singh, and address a rally later at Baghpurana. The rally will be the leader’s only public meeting with workers during the tour.