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

News Agencies | Updated on: 4 August 2017, 18:33 IST
Sambit Patra

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) hit back at Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi after his car was attacked by unknown persons in Gujarat's Banaskanta during his visit to flood affected areas on Friday, by accusing him of politicising the flood situation in the state.

"Calamities like floods should be kept far away from ambit and reach of politics. In current political scenarios some political parties, Congress party in particular is even politicising the calamity like floods," said BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra.

"The Congress leaders of Gujarat are in Bengaluru and enjoying in a resort. We see Congress Vice President Raul Gandhi treating the floods situation as just another situation of photo opportunity," he added.

He also said that the attack on his convoy is an expression of the people's anger, who are dealing with floods and tired of such politics and they should not be called goons.

Earlier today, branding the attack on Rahul Gandhi as "disgusting and disgraceful, Congress accused the ruling BJP saying the latter must know the truth can't be silenced.

Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala took to Twitter and wrote 'BJP goons broke Congress VP's car with heavy stones on his way to the helipad after meeting flood victims at Dhanera.'

Rahul visited flood affected areas in Gujarat, on Friday, where he was also shown black flags by a group of protesters.

Addressing the villagers and the media, Rahul Gandhi said that he was in Assam the other day, Rajasthan on Friday and now in Gujarat.

Amidst his speech, few people waved black flags to which he asked the guards to let them in, and saying, "I don't care."

"It's a difficult and grievous time for all of you and so I wanted to come amongst you all," he said addressing the crowd.

He added that many people lost their loved ones and homes due to floods and so he wanted to meet them to tell them that the Congress Party is standing with the people of Gujarat.

"It is not our government in Delhi or Gujarat, but we are standing here with you, I am standing here with you and we won't back down due to a few black flags," he said.

-ANI

First published: 4 August 2017, 18:33 IST
 
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