New Delhi, 8 March-2014 (PTI): Aam Aadmi Party leader Yogendra Yadav faced severe criticism in Delhi on Sunday when an unidentified man blackened his face during Women’s Day celebrations at Jantar Mantar. Yadav was speaking to media persons when an unidentified person came from the back of the stage and smeared paint all over his face.
The attacker identified as Sagar Bhandari was detained by the police. He was later taken to RML Hospital for medical check up. Unfazed by the attack, Yadav asked everyone present at the venue to calm down. He later told the media, “When you set out to take on big names in politics, you should be ready to pay the price.” Yogendra Yadav refused to file a complaint against the attacker saying that he could not identify him and it was wrong to blame anyone.
Yadav who was being helped by the woman activists to get rid of the paint off his face said that he was not ashamed of the incident. “May God give him some wisdom,” he added.
Congress leader Digvijaya Singh condemned the incident saying, “It’s in a very bad taste and it should be condemned.”
As per our record says that this is the third incident of ink attack on AAP leaders.
After an ugly spat between AAP and Congress members on Sunday in New Delhi, local Congress workers allegedly tried to throw ink at AAP’s Lok Sabha candidate Rajmohan Gandhi, who is the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi. In January, AAP leader Kumar Vishwas had faced numerous protesters who flashed black flags at him in Amethi and threw ink at his car.
In November last year, a man, claiming to be a supporter of Anna Hazare and the BJP, had thrown black ink at Arvind Kejriwal during a press conference.