Shoe-throwing 'hall of fame' list gets bigger

Shoe hurling sure seems to have become a favourite tool for many attackers to vent out their pent-up frustration in a way to show their protest. OneIndia brings to you a list of such incidents where politicians became the victims of shoe-attacks.

Jitan Ram Manjhi

Jitan Ram Manjhi:

A youth on Monday hurled a shoe at Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi during his public interaction programme 'Janata Durbar.' However, the shoe did not hit the Chief Minister. [Ineffective governance forces youth to hurl shoe at Bihar CM Manjhi]

P Chidambaram

P Chidambaram:

A shoe was hurled at Union Minister, P Chidambaram on Apr 7, 2009 by a Sikh journalist at a press conference in New Delhi. Chidambaram became the victim when he apparently refused to answer Jarnail Singh's query on why the CBI gave a clean chit to Jagdish Tytler in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots. [Read More: Now, a shoe hurled at P Chidambaram].

No action was taken against the journalist on the home minister's insistence.

Manmohan Singh

Manmohan Singh:

A 28-year-old man threw shoe at Prime Minister Manmohan Singh while he was addressing an election rally in Ahmedabad on Apr 25, 2009. The shoe, however, landed few meters away from the Prime Minister. The man was let off by the police after Singh asked police not to file any charges against him.

BS Yeddyurappa

BS Yeddyurappa:

A slipper was hurled at the former ex-chief minister of Karanataka, BS Yeddyurappa on Apr 28, 2009 during an ongoing election campaign in Channarayapatna, Hassan district. The attacker, Chandrashekar was said to be under the influence of alcohol at the time of the attack and was arrested by the police.

Naveen Jindal:

A slipper was hurled at Indian National Congress Lok Sabha candidate, Naveen Jindal by a school teacher in Apr 2009.


Lal Krishna Advani:

A slipper was hurled at BJP leader, LK Advanu by BJP worker Pavas Agarwal who was later arrested.

Omar Abdullah

Omar Abdullah:

A shoe was hurled at Chief Minister Omar Abdullah during the Independence Day celebration in Jammu and Kashmir. The shoe thrower, Abdul Ahad Jan was a suspended cop and was taken into custody after the incident.

Suresh Kalmadi:

An attacker hurled shoe at sacked CWG chairperson Suresh Kalmadi while he was being led to the court premises on Apr 26, 2011. [Read More: Kalmadi not worth a shoe? Slipper thrown at him near court].


Arvind Kejriwal:

RTI activist and Team Anna member Arvind Kejriwal was attacked by Jitendra Pathak on Oct 18 who was upset with Kejriwal for misleading people on corruption. [Read more: Team Anna in danger, now Arvind Kejriwal attacked with slipper].

George W Bush:

A shoe was hurled at the then President George W Bush at a press conference by Iraqi Journalist Muntadhar al-Zaidi.

"This is a farewell kiss from the Iraqi people, you dog," said the agitated journalist shouting in Arabic.

"This is for the widows and orphans and all those killed in Iraq," he said.

Bush however took the whole episode in good spirits.

Asif Ali Zardari:

A shoe was hurled at Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari on Aug 7, 2010 in England by a man believed to be from Pakistan. "Killer" shouted the man as he threw shoes at the President.

Tony Blair:

A egg and shoe was thrown at Prime Minister, UK, Tony Blair on Sept 4, 2010 in Dublin while he was signing a book.

Pervez Musharraf

Pervez Musharraf:

A shoe was hurled at the then Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf on 6 February 2011 while he was addressing a rally at Walthamstow, Britain.

Hosni Mubarak:

Crowds waved their shoes as a sign of protest at Hosni Mubarak after he announced that he would not leave the office.

With the increase in number of shoe-attacks, if not for anybody, at least the shoe (and now slipper) industry is sure to increase their sales from such incidents.

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