Varanasi,18 April-2014(Nachiketa Desai/IANS): Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal faced a barrage of stones and brickbats thrown at him by over a dozen youth shouting “Har Har Modi, Ghar Ghar Modi” slogans near the Banaras Hindu University campus Thursday evening, police and eyewitnesses said.
Arvind Kejriwal starts padyatra by garlanding the statue of Lal Bahadur Shastri in Varanasi
One unidentified youth was arrested.Kejriwal was on his door-to-door campaign when the attack took place while he was at the famous Keshav Paan shop at Lanka around 8 p.m.
Keshav Chaurasia, the owner of the paan shop, has been proposed by the BJP to be one of the proposers of Modi when the latter files his nomination. Pappu, the owner of a popular tea stall at Assi, is another proposer. Pappu’s tea stall was one of the prominent venues for Modi’s famous ‘chai pe charcha’ programme last month.
Kejriwal made it a point to include Pappu’s tea stall and Keshav’s paan shop in his public contact programme during which he is inviting questions and suggestions from the public.
Arvind Kejriwal starts padyatra:
Undaunted by last night’s hooliganism of modi supporters at lanka, arvind kejriwal took out a padyatra from maidagin to chowk early this morning to a rousing welcome from thousands of local residents who showered rose petals and greeted him with marigold garlands. people thronging both sides of the road included old, young, men, women and children, the poor and the middle class.
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Kejriwal began his padyatra by garlanding the statue of lal bahadur shastri and wound his way upto chowk. he offered prayers at the aas bhairav temple and its opposite gurudwara. members of the sikh community were present in large numbers. at chowk, five-six modi supporters raised slogans ‘har har modi, ghar ghar modi’ which was answered by aap supporters with ‘har har mahadev’.
Police stopped kejriwal from entering the narrow kachori gali and thatheri gali on the ground of security concerns.
Kejriwal’s padyatra left behind a trail of hot political discussion among the people who habitually come to the street-side tea stalls and paan shops.