New Delhi: Senior Aam Aadmi Party leader Yogendra Yadav's face was smeared with ink by a 38-year-old attacker during an event in Delhi today. (Watch)
The attack happened while Mr Yadav was addressing supporters at a Women's Day event at Jantar Mantar in the national capital.
The attacker, Sagar Bhandari, sporting the trademark AAP cap and badge, came from behind and smeared Mr Yadav's face with ink before he was removed by furious AAP activists.
The party workers then roughed up the man, who reportedly used to work at an AAP office in Delhi. The attacker has been admitted to a hospital.
"I don't know who he was or why he did this. He only said, 'Bharat Mata ki jai'," Mr Yadav, who is his party's candidate from Gurgaon for the Lok Sabha election, said after the attack.
"When you step out to take on bigwigs, you must be prepared for such things. I am not embarrassed by the ink on my face. I only wish better sense prevails over the brother who did this," Mr Yadav said.
"This will happen. When you walk on the path of truth, then all these difficulties come your way," AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal, who is campaigning in Gujarat, said after the attack.
Meanwhile, a roadshow in Ahmedabad, led by Mr Kejriwal, was stopped by the police today. He was allowed to proceed after he agreed to reduce the number of cars in his motorcade.