"I don't know the person who created the ruckus. When I saw the news, he claimed to be a BJP worker. I don't know who this man is", Hazare said. (Agencies)
High drama was witnessed at Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) convener Arvind Kejriwal's press conference when a man, claiming to be Anna Hazare supporter and BJP activist from Maharashtra, threw black paint on him and other party members present there.
Nachiketa Vaghrekar claimed he revers Anna as his guru and accused Kejriwal of "betraying Hazare and betraying people".
He entered the press conference venue and threw a can of black paint on Kejriwal and his colleagues Manish Sisodia, Sanjay Singh, lawyers Prashant Bhushan and Shanti Bhushan while shouting 'Anna Hazare Zindabad'.
A small quantity of paint fell on Kejriwal's face while it also fell on Sisodia, Prashant Bhushan and Sanjay Singh. AAP activists present there immediately pulled Vaghrekar, who claimed to be the general secretary of BJP's Ahmednagar unit, out of the conference hall.
Kejriwal, without naming any party, said, "It was done by those whose vested interests were being hit due to AAP's growing popularity."
He claimed the position of both BJP and Congress was bad in Delhi assembly elections.
AAP leader Kumar Vishwas termed it as an act by BJP out of "frustration" while BJP said it was "low-grade" politics.
"This is an act of BJP which is frustrated with AAP's growing popularity in Delhi. It is sending such type of people to disrupt our programmes," he said.
BJP spokesperson Meenakshi Lekhi said, “It was low grade politics and she does not believe the story as it has to be looked into whether it had any connection with Congress or AAP.”
Kejriwal called the press conference to demand an independent and open probe into its accounts and donations from Anna Hazare who had written him on Sunday that he was getting reports of misuse of funds and his name in the Delhi elections.
"I would request Annaji to conduct a through probe by anyone he wants like Justice (retd) Santosh Hedge or anyone else and the report should be made public within 48 hours, so neither Congress nor BJP could raise suspicion over funds," Kejriwal said, adding "if I am found guilty I would not contest elections".
"But if I come clean, then Anna Hazare will have to come and campaign for our party," he said.
Hazare had written a letter to Kejriwal saying he had received reports of about using his name in elections campaign, use of fund collected during the anti-graft movement and on implementation of Janlokpal Bill on December 29 after convening an open session at Ramlila Maidan.
Hazare had also questioned his old colleague that he had also come to know that party had collected fund with the help of a SIM card procured in his name.
Hazare also said though he thinks there was no truth in these thing, since there were rumours so he deemed it necessary to get a clarification from him.
In his reply, Kejriwal said he or his party was not using his name in any way -- in posters, film or any other campaign material.
"We are following your instruction of not using your name in letter and spirit. We are just saying that in August 2011, there was an agitation led by Anna, which is a historical fact which even you can't deny," he said in his letter.
On the issue of holding an open assembly session to pass the Janlokpal Bill, Kejriwal said the Bill would be for Delhi only and the Chief Minister, council of Ministers, officials and government employees would come under its purview.
The AAP leader said he was pained by Hazare's statement that he was not aware of the fund collected during the agitation at Ramlila and Jantar Mantar.
"Our accounts have been audited several times but everytime there is some questioning on the funds. This needs to be settled once and for all," he said.
"I don't know the person who created the ruckus. When I saw the news, he claimed to be a BJP worker. I don't know who this man is", Hazare said.