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Arun Jaitley ‘burns hand’ on very first day of campaigning

jaitley_blast_4It was a bad day for the senior BJP leader and party nominee from Amritsar Arun Jaitley who had a narrow escape when around 400 gas filled balloons blasted off by the cracker sparks.

The incident took place in Novelty chowk area when the overwhelmed party workers were bursting crackers. Some workers were holding the balloons which suddenly caught fire and created a big bang. The BJP leaders were in a deep shock. The gas from the balloons caused suffocation and a big fire flame advanced towards Jaitley and other leaders who were on an open vehicle .

Around ten party workers were injured.Jaitly’s right hand received burn injuries. Party president Kamal Sharma and cabinet minister Anil Joshi also received burn injuries on head. The injured party workers were admitted to a local hospital.

Earlier Jaitley was accorded a warm welcome when she arrived in Amritsar to launch his poll campaign for Lok Sabha Elections -2014.

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