Attack on Rahul Gandhi’s convoy: One BJP leader arrested, Congress V-P asks workers to help flood-affected people

His remarks came a day after Gandhi's car, in which he was travelling to visit the flood-affected areas in Banaskantha district of Gujarat, was hit by stones on Friday afternoon.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: August 5, 2017 5:44 pm
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As Gujarat Congress workers continued to protest outside the BJP headquarters in the state against the attack on Rahul Gandhi’s convoy, the party vice-president asked leaders and workers to shift their attention towards helping flood-affected people. In a tweet on Saturday, the Congress leader said he respects the sentiments of his party workers. “Respect the sentiments of Congress workers in Gujarat protesting against the administration not filing an FIR against the stone pelting but I urge them to divert their energy in helping the people affected by floods in the state,” he wrote.

His remarks came a day after Gandhi’s car, in which he was travelling to visit the flood-affected areas in Banaskantha district of Gujarat, was hit by stones on Friday afternoon. While no one was injured in the attack, the left rear window of the car was damaged. While Gujarat BJP termed the incident as a “political gimmick”, the Congress alleged it was carried out by BJP workers. The Banaskantha police has arrested local BJP leader Jayesh Darji after the Congress accused him of involvement in the attack. Also Read: Rahul Gandhi says attack on my car carried out by BJP-RSS people

On being asked why PM Modi has given no statement condemning the attack, Gandhi said, “How can one, who is involved himself, condemn?… It is a way of Modi ji’s and BJP-RSS politics, what can one say?”

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He had also posted a tweet on Friday saying he would 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 wrote on Twitter.

A number of Congress leaders have reacted to the attack on Gandhi’s convoy.

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“The attack on Rahul Gandhi was done by the BJP, RSS people under a pre-planned conspiracy. It is a murderous attack by the BJP and the RSS on the Congress vice president,” Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad said.

Asked why Gandhi did not accept the bullet proof car provided by the state government, Azad said sometimes one has to use a non-bullet proof car and be sensitive to the public.

Mallikarjun Kharge, Congress Lok Sabha MP, said, “What is happening is not good for the country and for the democracy. If people are in distress, meeting them is not an offence and giving this treatment to those who meet the people is not good.”

“What sort of politics is the BJP govt practicing? Allowing such attack on Rahul Gandhi’s vehicle. This must be condemned in the strongest terms,” Sachin Pilot, Rajasthan Congress president, said.

Speaking to news agency ANI, Party spokesperson Sharmishta Mukherjee added: “This is a premeditated attack. Rahul ji is a SPG protectee; It is the duty of the state government to ensure his safety. This is a major security breach.”

Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said, “Political violence has no place in a functioning democracy.”

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    Lovely
    Aug 6, 2017 at 4:15 am
    People of Guj are suffering and RaGa is on photo op and his MLAs are enjoying in ?
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      Rohit Jha
      Aug 5, 2017 at 9:42 pm
      Rahul Gandhi is on right path, we the people of India will protect his. He is the right voice of the people of India. These RSS so called BJP they never worked for the secular fabric of India and they will never. Rahul ji voice out these un secular who are danger to secular fabric of India.
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        Lovely
        Aug 6, 2017 at 4:13 am
        Your language is designed in JNU
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        samir
        Aug 5, 2017 at 9:13 pm
        Why bjp goonda are threw stones at Rahulji? It is obvious the ground is slipping from under bjp feet. There are no jobs for young ppl ...that's why so many gaurakshsks criminals in streets. prices of daily essential items very high...tomoto ..onions ..and other. Internal situation getting worse..kashmir...gor nd...naxals Sons of soil ...SC ST backword..tribals cuted by fascist forces and Ambani. adani enjoying privileges. China is threatening India every day and bjp government now talking about diplomacy...peace talks etc. This will be another defeat of India after 1962 and China need not to fire a shot. what a joke bjp rss has become! Now ppl are getting away from the bjp every passing day and Congress the - Natural party of governance will have to come to power. There is no other option.
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          George Cruz
          Aug 5, 2017 at 9:16 pm
          Yes, ground is slipping for the illiterate people who rely on the quotas/reservations and have become lazy bums. This landslide win by Venkaiah Naidu, a great BJP leader who is highly educated, secular, inclusive of every Indian citizen is a proof that the Indian citizens are increasingly showing solidarity with the BJP and other patriotic organizations like the RSS/VHP/Hindutva etc. and giving 100 percent mandate to make the country strong economically/militarily against the threats of Kashmir separatists terror group as well as the communist China. The staged attacks by the congress/communists on Rahul Gandhi's car failed to muster any support for the failing congress party nor its allies like RJD, the TMC, the communists, etc. What would be the congress party and Rahul Gandhi's move to spew more venom against the BJP???? Stated Church attacks????? Is Rahul Gandhi increasingly becoming an anti-national by conspiring with China/Pak just to spew venom against the BJP/RSS?????
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          samir
          Aug 5, 2017 at 9:08 pm
          Why bjp goonda are threw stones at Rahulji? It is obvious the ground is slipping from under bjp feet. There are no jobs for young ppl ...that's why so many gaurakshsks criminals in streets. prices of daily essential items very high...tomoto ..onions ..and other. Internal situation getting worse..kashmir...gor nd...naxals Sons of soil ...SC ST backword..tribals cuted by fascist forces and Ambani. adani enjoying privileges. China is threatening India every day and bjp government now talking about diplomacy...peace talks etc. This is another defeat of India after 1962 and China need not to fire a shot. what a joke bjp rss has become! Now ppl are getting away from the bjp every passing day and Congress the - Natural party of governance will have to come to power. There is no other option.
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            George Cruz
            Aug 5, 2017 at 9:07 pm
            The staged attacks by the congress/communists on Rahul Gandhi's car failed to muster any support for the failing congress party nor its allies like RJD, the TMC, the communists, etc. What would be the congress party and Rahul Gandhi's move to spew more venom against the BJP???? Stated Church attacks????? Is Rahul Gandhi increasingly becoming an anti-national by conspiring with China/Pak just to spew venom against the BJP/RSS?????
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              Anmol
              Aug 5, 2017 at 9:03 pm
              Famous Gujarat Model !! silence critics, crush opposition and pamper crony capitalism.
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                Preeti Rathaur
                Aug 5, 2017 at 8:46 pm
                Enemies of Hundus should be met with the same treatment. Gujarat is a a model Hindu state and will set trend to whole country. To establish Hindu Rashta people should be aggressive.
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                  Aug 5, 2017 at 8:28 pm
                  "The Banaskantha police has arrested local BJP leader Jayesh Darji after the Congress accused him of involvement in the attack." Does the police arrest just based on accusation by a political party? Or do they do their own investigation? Very strange behaviour by the police! Also, why did Rahul Gandhi not use the bullet proof car provided to him at tax payer's expense?
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                    jayananda rao
                    Aug 6, 2017 at 3:15 am
                    For seeing the flood he has to use the same vehicle used by the farmers, either nataraja service or Bullock carts or shoulder of 2 ladies as Gandhi has done ?
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                      Aug 6, 2017 at 3:46 am
                      That is not what the article says. They deliberately used a non-bullet proof car. It is foolishness just like Indira and Rajiv to ignore the security department's recommendations.
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                        Rahan juar
                        Aug 6, 2017 at 12:48 pm
                        I think govt should increase the security of Rahul.Samay badalte der nahi lagti rajniti me.Pepole should learn from past and who has not learned from past will get punished by future.Savi netao ke khoon ek jaise hote hain.
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