Shoe thrower Jarnail Singh refuses to vote
New Delhi, May 7: The controversial journo Jarnail Singh, who hurled a shoe at Union Home Minsiter P Chidambaram said that he did not vote as a sign of protest against parties negating the 'essence of the Constitution' and seeking power on grounds of region, religion and caste.
Singh said, "I'm not voting for anybody. No party deserved my vote. There should be an option to reject all candidates." "My heart is not going with any party... Parties are asking votes for religion, caste, region; nobody is following the essence of the Constitution so I do not think anybody deserves my vote," Mr Singh added.
Jarnail Singh, a scribe with Hindi daily Dainik Jagran threw a shoe at Chidambaram during a press conference after Minister refused to answer his question on 1984 anti-Sikh riots. He was soon taking to custody but was released as Chidambaram refused to press charges against him. This shoe-throwing act by Singh created a trend of sorts with PM Manmohan Singh, BJP Prime ministerial candidate LK Advani amongst those who were targeted with various kinds of footwear.