Attack on Rahul's convoy an expression of locals' anger towards him: BJP

Bryan Strickland
Августа 5, 2017

Visiting flood-affected areas and blaming the ruling dispensation for shoddy relief-work is par for the course for any political party in a state where elections are due in a few months.

"Violence & physical attack have become BJP's culture.Cong & Rahulji get more determined to raise people's voice after every attack", Surjewala tweeted.

Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi's vehicle was pelted with stones yesterday when he was visiting flood-hit Banaskantha district in Gujarat.

Rahul is first expected to go to Rajasthan, which was also lashed by torrential rain last week, before touring some of the worst affected areas in Gujarat's Banaskantha and Patan districts.

Earlier, Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala informed that BJP goons broke Congress VP's auto with heavy stones on his way to the helipad after meeting flood victims at Dhanera. Later, he announced a Rs 1,500 crore relief package days after Modi assured central assistance of Rs 500 crore.

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The locals waved black flags and chanted "Modi-Modi" slogans as Rahul arrived to address a public during his visit to the Dhanera today. We can not be forced back by stones thrown by Narendra Modi's men. He said investigation will be done against who had pelted stone. Police resorted to lathi-charge to disperse the crowd.

Over 270 persons, including 61 from Banaskantha, are estimated to have died and 4.5 lakh people affected.

Meanwhile, the Congress leader is accompanied by PCC President Sachin pilot and former chief minister Ashok Gehlot and other party workers. He interacted with the affected people of the village and said he was with them at this time of distress.

This is published unedited from the IANS feed.

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