On visit to flood-hit Gujarat, Rahul's car pelted with stones
Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi's car was pelted with stones on Friday during his visit to this flood-affected town but he escaped unhurt, police said.
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.
Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi accused the BJP "goons" of carrying out the "dastardly" attack.
He said that several cars in the convoy were damaged, their window panes smashed and an SPG man suffered a minor injury.
"All this because the Congress Vice President went to a flood affected area," he said.
The BJP, however, said it was an unfortunate incident and the party had no role to play in it. "This is absolutely false. If any incident has happened it is unfortunate. I don't think BJP is behind this, said BJP MP Jagdambika Pal.
Gandhi is on a visit to the flood-affected district which has six Congress MLAs. 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. Black flags were also waved at him at the agricultural produce market committee where he had stopped to meet flood victims. Rahul, in his address, responded saying: "Aane do aane do, yeh kale jhande yahan lagane do, ghabraye hue yeh log, koi farak nahi padta humein (let them come, let those waving black flags come. They are a scared lot, it doesn't make any difference to us).