Hours after the attack on Wednesday morning on the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) headquarters in Kaushambi, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal questioned the miscreants’ motive and wondered whether they wanted to kill him and Prashant Bhushan because of the latter’s remarks on Kashmir.
“Let us assume that Prashant Bhushan indeed said something objectionable, so what do they want? Do they want to kill Prashantji?”
“We have cleared the stand of our party and (Mr. Bhushan) has also said many times that his opinion was misinterpreted. He has even stated that he doesn’t want a referendum,” Mr. Kejriwal said, adding, “Do they also want to kill me?”.
Reiterating his stand on Kashmir, Mr. Kejriwal said it was an integral part of India and nobody could separate it from the country.
“Army deployment in various parts of the country is a matter of internal security assessment, which is done by the government. The sentiments of local people should be respected in such decisions,” he said, adding that the issue cannot be solved by a referendum.
He further added that, “No god can create such a ‘sena’ (army) that attacks the offices and houses of people. It is against the principles of Lord Rama. I am also a Hindu.”
Activists of right-wing group Hindu Raksha Dal on Wednesday attacked and vandalised the AAP headquarters to protest against Mr. Bhushan’s remarks concerning a referendum in Kashmir.