Congress on Friday alleged that ‘BJP goons’ had attacked the Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi’s car in Lal Chowk in Banaskanta of Gujarat adding that the act was ‘Disgusting & disgraceful.’
Gandhi, however, escaped unhurt and proceeded to the next place on his itinerary--Runi village in Thara taluka--where he asserted he would not get cowed down by such protests.
“Won’t step back because of black flags, Narendra Modi slogans or stones,” an unfazed Gandhi told a gathering at Runi.
Superintendent of Police Neeraj Badgujar said a man threw a stone at Gandhi’s car, breaking the glass-pane at the rear end of the vehicle. He said a man who threw stone at the Congress leader’s car has been detained.
Earlier, he was heckled and shown black flags by people shouting pro-Narendra Modi slogans at Lal Chowk in Dhanera.
Hardly had he started his speech when some people in the crowd waved back flags and started chanting “Modi, Modi”.
“Let them come (those waving black flags), let them hoist flag here in front (of the stage),” an agitated Gandhi said.
“I wanted to be among you when your villages are flooded, when people have died in your homes. I wanted to meet you and embrace you. I want to tell you I and the Congress party are with you,” Gandhi said.
“We do not have (a Congress) government at the Centre or in the state. But I and my party workers are standing with you in this hour of need,” he said, before abruptly ending his speech and leaving
Congress’s head of communications tweeted with images of Gandhi’s damaged car. Gandhi is in Gujarat to take stock of the damaged caused by recent floods. More than 200 have lost their lives as of now due ravaging floods.
The ruling BJP government has come under flak for its inability to deal with the crisis. The state goes to poll later this year.
Meanwhile, the Congress party has demanded the dismissal of the state’s BJP government.