AAP: 'BJP goons' are responsible for the attack on party workers in Varanasi
'They were BJP workers. They called Kejriwal an escapist. When we asked them to sit and debate, they got more people and beat us up,' said Ankit Lal, according to CNN-IBN.
Two AAP workers have been injured in another attack on party workers in Varanasi, just days after Somnath Bharti was attacked there. Although the attackers are yet to be identified, the party has said that 'BJP goons' were responsible.
The AAP workers were campaigning near Assi Ghat when the chaos reportedly broke out. A few AAP workers have been injured and an FIR has been filed.
According to this report in the Times of India, "Ankit Lal, AAP national IT cell coordinator, and Nandan Mishra, an IITian who left his job to work for AAP, were going around the ghat along with other volunteers singing songs in favour of AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal, when a mob attacked them with sticks and rods. The attackers fled the scene, leaving the two leaders bleeding."
"They were BJP workers. They called Kejriwal an escapist. When we asked them to sit and debate, they got more people and beat us up," said one of the accused Ankit Lal, according to CNN-IBN.
He also tweeted out a picture of his broken spectacles, a direct result of the alleged attack:
The Aam Aadmi Party had also tweeted about the attack, blaming BJP goons:
Other party volunteers and supporters also tweeted out condemning the incident, along with pictures of the injured workers:
The BJP meanwhile has reportedly appealed to AAP to not pin the blame on them. "If a worker is involved, we will take strict action but we appeal to AAP not to instigate and then put the blame on BJP," said BJP Spokesperson Nalin Kohli.
The defence minister was speaking at a gathering of BJP workers during his visit to Pune
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