The 28-year-old attacker, a resident of Shalimar Bagh, jumped on the stage where Yadav was seated and talking to the media. The man wore the trademark white cap of the Aam Aadmi Party and was shouting slogans "Bharat Mata ki Jai."

Before Yadav and AAP members around him could realize what was happening, the man repeatedly smeared ink on Yadav's face, temporarily blinding him.

Yadav, the AAP candidate in the Lok Sabha elections from Gurgaon, was clearly stunned but he asked everyone present at the venue to calm down.

“When you take on powerful forces in this country, one must be ready to pay a price. May God forgive this man (attacker)," he later told the media.

After the incident, Bhandari was thrashed by AAP volunteers following which he was taken away by police to Parliament Street police station.    
    
Later, Bhandari was taken to Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital for medico-legal case (MLC) by police. The attacker claims to be a disgruntled AAP worker.

(JPN/Agencies)

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