New Delhi: In order to avert attacks on AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal, the party has taken several steps, including placing its volunteers near the podium and cordoning off the area, to maintain a safe distance between the stage and the audience.
Last week, a youth in his 20s, attempted to attack the former Delhi Chief Minister when he was addressing a jan sabha at Tigdi in Deoli assembly constituency.
Party's Deoli candidate Prakash Jarwal had placed party volunteers near the stage so that no outsider or suspecting element could come near the podium.
"So, even if there is an attack, the party volunteers can avert it just in time," said a party source.
The Deoli attack was averted after party volunteers held back the youth, who was hurling stones at Kejriwal. This reduced the intensity of the attack.
The party has also been maintaining a safe distance between the podium and the audience.
"Only trusted local volunteers are allowed to come near the stage when he is delivering the speech," a party official said.
"Arvind dislikes when party volunteers increase his security or restricts his interaction with people. But we are aware that the attacks during the Lok Sabha took place under the pretext of shaking hands. So, we have to be alert and keep suspecting elements at bay", he said.
The AAP chief was attacked twice in Delhi. Once while holding a road rally for party's Lok Sabha candidate for South Delhi, Devendra Sehrawat and second time in Sultanpuri Majra when he was doing another road show for party candidate Rakhi Birla.
"We have started taking precautions about this as attacks started taking place on Arvind since Lok Sabha election," said a party leader.