Congress, BJP in war of words over attack on Rahul's convoy

Phillip Cunningham
August 5, 2017

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi will visit flood-affected Banaskantha district in Gujarat tomorrow, a party statement said. "BJP only attacks opposition", he wrote about the flood situation in the area, and attached pictures of broken windowpanes of Gandhi's auto.

"Window panes of Congress VP's vehicle broken in an organised attack by goons, security staff injured".

The Gujarat government has declared both Banaskantha and Patan districts as "disaster-affected areas" following the floods due to torrential rains last week. "Disgusting & disgraceful", he wrote on the micro-blogging website.

"Rahulji is an SPG protectee".

Making matters worse, the BJP in Gujarat has benefitted from the quick response of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who conducted an aerial survey of the affected regions.

Condemning the attack on Congress Vice President, former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh said, "Political violence has no place in a functioning democracy".

However, in their absence, there has been a distinct lack of Congress leadership present in Gujarat.

Addressing the villagers and the media, Rahul Gandhi said that he was in Assam the other day, Rajasthan on Friday and now in Gujarat. "We will not be deterred by such cowardly attempts to instil fear in us!" If any incident has happened it is unfortunate. The MLAs themselves could not visit the area since they are in a luxury resort in Bengaluru.

Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi alleged that when Gandhi was passing through the Lal Chowk area while travelling to flood-affected areas of Banaskantha in Gujarat, he was attacked with cement bricks by BJP "goons".

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