Rahul's auto stoned in Gujarat, Congress blames BJP

Georgia Reed
August 5, 2017

Rahul was touring the flood-affected Banaskantha district of Gujarat when his cavalcade came under attack from a mob that pelted stones.

Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said the incident was disgusting and disgraceful. Stone pelters even smashed several vehicle windows of Rahul's convoy, with Rahul's auto having its rear window shattered. But, some of the Special Protection Group (SPG) personnel who were travelling with Rahul got injured, since they were sitting in the back of the vehicle. "Will PM answer?", he asked.

Making matters worse, the BJP in Gujarat has benefitted from the quick response of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who conducted an aerial survey of the affected regions.

From Lakhimpur, Rahul Gandhi flew to Silchar to attend the funeral of Congress veteran Santosh Mohan Deb who died on Wednesday.

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Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani took a jibe at Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi today, saying people of Gujarat were aware of Congress party's anti-people and anti-Gujarat mindset.

Congress General Secretary Ghulam Nabi accused the BJP for the incident. "It is yet another example of intolerance exhibited by BJP and its workers openly", Azad said.

Senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel sought the government to initiate an enquiry against those responsible for Mr Gandhi's safety. "We will not be deterred by such cowardly attempts to instil fear in us!"

Extolling the BJP, Shah said with BJP coming to power the country has moved towards development. If any incident has happened it is unfortunate. "I don't think BJP is behind this", BJP MP Jagdambika Pal was quoted by the Indian Express as saying. This absence during a time of crisis, especially as the state inches closer to polls, could affect the already beleaguered Congress party's prospects in the state. None of the party MLAs have visited the district since they are away at a Bengaluru resort to avoid being poached ahead of the Rajya Sabha elections on August 8.

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