Rahul Gandhi's Car Pelted With Stones in Gujarat, Congress Blames BJP
Rahul, who was in Gujarat to meet flood victims, was attacked with "cement bricks BJP goons", Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi said, "SPG with him suffered minor injuries; should be condemned unequivocally."
Minutes after the attack, Rahul took to Twitter that he will not be "bogged own by Modi's slogans", black flags and stones. "We will deploy our full strength to help people."
नरेंद्र मोदी जी के नारों से, काले झंडों से और पत्थरों से हम पीछे हटने वाले नहीं हैं, हम अपनी पूरी ताकत लोगों की मदद करने में लगाएंगे— Office of RG (@OfficeOfRG) August 4, 2017
The Congress party launched a barrage of criticism directed at the ruling Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) in Gujarat, with Rajya Sabha MP Ahmed Patel asking if it was even possible "without state connivance."
Rahul, who was in Gujarat to meet flood victims, was attacked with "cement bricks by BJP goons", Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi said, "SPG with him suffered minor injuries; should be condemned unequivocally."
Singhvi asked if India was reaching a space "where political opponents are not going to be allowed to practice democratic politics."
BJP goons attack Cong VP Rahulji's car in Lal Chowk, Dhanera, Banaskanta, Gujarat. Disgusting & disgraceful: RS Surjewala, Cong on Twitter pic.twitter.com/LebtcJgZRq— ANI (@ANI_news) August 4, 2017
Banaskantha Superintendent of Police Neeraj Badgujar said a man threw stones at Gandhi's car, breaking its rear glass when he was on his way from Lal Chowk to the helipad in Dhanera.
Gandhi escaped unhurt, he added. "We have detained the person who threw stones on the vehicle of Rahul Gandhi," Badgujar said.
Challenging the Congress' narrative, BJP retorted saying Rahul was indulging in a photo-op in Gujarat, while the MLAs were enjoying birthday parties in Karnataka.
BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra said that Rahul was playing politics over floods, "ask your MLAs to help flood victims."
"Congress reads politics in everything. Rahul Gandhi sees politics in everything," Patra alleged.
Earlier, Rahul was heckled by protesters at an event. He left the stage in a huff after making a brief speech in Lal Chowk area of the town in Banaskantha district after protesters showed black flags to him.
Some of the people gathered at the spot also raised slogans hailing Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Notably, the Congress MLA from the area is in Bengaluru as part of the party legislators who have been flown to the southern city apparently to avoid being "poached" by the BJP ahead of the August 8 Rajya Sabha polls.
The Congress has been in the eye of the storm after the BJP ramped up criticism of its MLAs currently holed up in a Bengaluru resort. Gujarat is one of the several states to have been lashed by heavy rains this season.