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BJP slams Arvind Kejriwal for 'theatrics', offers security

Friday, 18 April 2014 - 5:22pm IST | Place: Varanasi | Agency: PTI
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After Aam Aadmi Party accused BJP of being behind attacks on Arvind Kejriwal, BJP hit back on Friday, saying politics in India cannot be fought with theatrics and offered security for the AAP leader.

"Politics in India is not a film script and real issues of India will not be solved by theatrics," BJP spokesperson Nalin Kohli said on AAP's accusations about BJP being behind protests against Kejriwal. Another senior BJP leader Sunil Oza, a former MLA from Gujarat, said people of Varanasi would never indulge in activities like throwing eggs on anyone. "If Kejriwal is worried about his security, we can provide that through our karyakartas (workers)," Oza said.

Kejriwal, who is fighting Lok Sabha polls from here against Modi, was gheraoed by a huge crowd of 500-700 people last night and police had to use mild force to disperse the crowd and whisk away the AAP leader. He faced further protests on Friday, after which AAP accused BJP of being behind these protests and has also sought action by the Election Commission. BJP has however distanced itself from any such protests and said that it was not at all worried about Kejriwal in these elections, as he was a "mere distraction".

Oza said BJP has been repeatedly appealing to the people of the city to restrain themselves and if Kejriwal is not being welcomed by people here spontaneously, he should seek police protection.

"We are open to providing him our own workers to help him with his security, if he desires so," the leader said.


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