Chandigarh: In what could incite more worries for Arvind Kejriwal, an Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader in Punjab has been accused by a Canada-based woman of stalking her.
According to a report in The Times of India, the woman, who hails from Pakistan, has alleged that Dev Mann made advances towards her because of which she had to get a restraining order issued against him.
Dev Mann, who is in the fray for AAP from Nabha, has rejected the allegations as bogus and said he was being defamed on the directions of Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD).
The woman, in an interview to a news channel, alleged that she met Mann during an event at the Pakistani Association Centre in Canada a few years ago. Later, Mann sought a work-related appointment with her. When they met, Mann made advances towards, she alleged but added that she escaped unharmed.
Mann continued to stalk her by making phone calls, said the lady.
"He kept telling me not to tell anyone about the incident and also that we can make 'it' work. Eventually, I had to get restraining orders against him," the daily quoted the woman as saying.
However, Mann said he has been working in Canada on a permit since 2006, but never faced any such allegation. He said he is on the target of the SAD after being nominated by AAP to contest polls.
"The overwhelming response that AAP is getting in Punjab has forced SAD and Congress to spread rumors about AAP workers and leaders. The Dalit voter has shifted to AAP in Punjab. I am being targetted because I am the head of AAP's SC/ST cell. Allegations like this will be repeated in future as well, but I will not bow down. I will continue my work," said Mann.
A number of AAP leaders are facing a series of allegations in Punjab and Delhi, creating troubles for the party leadership.