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Youth disrupts press meet

AAP leader Kumar Vishwas at a press conference in Lucknow on Saturday.  


A day ahead of the Aam Aadmi Party's rally in Amethi, its leader Kumar Vishwas’ press conference here on Saturday was disrupted by a youth, who also hurled an egg at the poet-turned-politician for allegedly hurting “religious sentiments” with his poems.

The youth indentified as Saif Jafari, from Bijnoreyouth raised slogans against Mr. Vishwas’s poems on Iman Hussein and Lord Shiva. He was soon overpowered by AAP activists and handed over to the police, who detained him but later released him as Mr.Vishwas did not press charges.

While Jafri (19) claimed to be from the Mulayam Singh Yadav Brigade, his affiliation has not been confirmed.

Reacting to the incident, Mr. Vishwas said it showed that the Opposition parties were jittery by the AAP’s success in Delhi.

“If these three-four political parties think that by throwing eggs and ink at AAP press conferences, by attacking us and causing disruption they will win elections, they have not learnt any lessons from the Delhi elections. Amethi will be won by a greater margin. We will win it responsibly,” he said.

In the coming general elections Mr. Vishwas is likely to fight the Amethi seat, currently held by Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi.

Mr. Vishwas, who is to address a Jan Vishwas rally on Sunday, said he expected such disruption in Amethi. “The more they indulge in such disruption, the greater will be the margin of our victory,” he said.

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