Rahul Gandhi's vehicle attacked while surveying Gujarat floods; Congress blames BJP

Posted August 05, 2017

A political slugfest broke out between the Congress and the ruling BJP after Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi's auto was on Friday stoned and windows broken by hostile black flag-waving crowds during his tour of a flood-hit town in the state's Banaskantha district.

He took a ride on a country boat to assess the trail of destruction left by the flood in the area and also talked to a section of flood-affected people.

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Rahul escaped unhurt in the attack in which the car's window panes were 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 auto. AICC media in-charge Randeep Singh Surjewala shared the images on his Twitter and claimed that it was a political vendetta by the BJP goons. Hitting out at Gandhi, Patra said everybody knows that he practises politics of opportunism and believes in "fly by politics". An attack under Gujarat BJP Govt's watch reflects not only serious lapse but tacit complicity.

Former chief minister Ashok Gehlot, PCC chief Sachin Pilot, leader opposition Rameshwar Dudi and local party leaders accompanied Rahul, who also distributed food items to the flood victims. "It is yet another example of intolerance exhibited by BJP and its workers openly", Azad said.

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However, in their absence, there has been a distinct lack of Congress leadership present in Gujarat. "We will not be deterred by such cowardly attempts to instil fear in us!" "However Congress party is trying to work as much as we can", said Gandhi. If any incident has happened it is unfortunate.

Residents drew the Congress leader's attention towards the hardship they face due to excessive rainfall and flood like situation in the district.

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Rahul's vehicle was attacked with cement bricks when he was surveying flood hit areas, the Congress said. Yet all these MLAs are a part of the 44 MLAS who have been shepherded to Bengaluru before the August 8 Rajya Sabha election.