‘Those attacking me are victims of the system. I forgive them.’
‘Why are all the attacks taking place only on us?’ Kejriwal later asked. ‘There will be more attacks, and we can also get killed.’ The attack in Sultanpuri, a dominantly low-income area in west Delhi, left the 45-year-old Kejriwal with a swollen left eye.
The attacker, identified as Lalli Mahato, was roughed up by AAP supporters, who pounced on him immediately after the attack. The incident occurred when Kejriwal was campaigning for AAP candidate Rakhi Birla.
‘When the attackers are arrested, they repeat the same script that I have not fulfilled my promise in Delhi. But why am I being attacked in Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat, where we were not in power? Why I was being attacked again and again,’ asked Kejriwal. ‘Why are all the attacks taking place only on us?’ Kejriwal later asked. ‘There will be more attacks, and we can also get killed,’ he said.
Kejriwal said there was no place for violence in a democratic society. He asked AAP supporters to follow the path of non-violence. ‘I went to Rajghat after the incident and prayed there for peace and betterment of the society. Those who are attacking me are the victims of the system. I have no ill feeling towards them. I forgive them,’ said Kejriwal. He added AAP will not file any complaint against the attacker.
Kejriwal also refused to accept security cover. ‘I don’t want security. I have asked Delhi Police to withdraw my security several times. As long as god wants me to live, no one can harm me. The day god feels my time is over, I will die, no one can stop that,’ he said.
The attacker denounced Kejriwal as a ‘liar’ and said both the Congress and the BJP were better than the AAP. Earlier, on 4 April, Kejriwal was attacked in south Delhi by a teenager who also pretended to garland him and then pounced on him.