Rahul blames BJP-RSS for attack on his convoy
Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Saturday hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his party for the attack on his convoy in Gujarat, saying that it was "the style of politics pursued by the BJP and RSS".
"Yesterday (Friday) such a large stone was thrown by the BJP workers. It hit one of my PSOs (Personal Security Officer) and he was hurt. This is the style of politics of Modiji, BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) and the RSS (Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh)," Gandhi said outside Parliament here.
Gandhi's car was stoned and windows broken by hostile black flag-waving crowds during his Gujarat tour of a flood-hit town in the Banaskantha district.
"Jo apne aap kaam karta hai, wo condemn kaise karega, (How can one, who is involved himself, condemn?)" the party vice-president said when asked about the absence of any statement from the PM condemning the attack on him. He also said, "Modi ji aur BJP-RSS ka rajneeti ka tareeka hai, kya keh sakte hain? (It is a way of Modi ji's and BJP-RSS politics, what can one say?)"
Earlier, Gandhi had declared that he will not be deterred by the incident. "Narendra Modi ji's slogans, black flags and stones will not stop us…. We will put in all our might into the service of people," he had said on Twitter.
He said why would the Prime Minister condemn the attack on his convoy when the attackers were from his party. "When they have themselves done it, how will they condemn it?" he asked.
Gandhi's car, in which he was travelling to visit the flood-affected areas in Banaskantha district of Gujarat, was hit by stones. The impact broke the rear left window of the car. While BJP in Gujarat termed the incident a "political gimmick", the Congress alleged that it was carried out by BJP members, who also raised black flags during Gandhi's tour.
Congress leaders reacted strongly to the attack, with former PM Manmohan Singh saying, "Political violence has no place in a functioning democracy."
Gandhi was on a day-long visit to the flood-affected regions of north Gujarat.