Gujarat polls: BJP candidate from Vansda Piyush Patel attacked
Vansda (Gujarat): Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) candidate from Vansda, Piyush Patel was allegedly attacked by unknown miscreants late on Wednesday, ahead of voting that got underway on Thursday for the first phase of Gujarat elections.
Patel the BJP candidate from Vansda alleged that he was travelling from Pratapnagar to Vandervela village with his supporters and was attacked. The miscreants he alleged pelted stones and attempted to vandalise his car.
Patel sustained injuries on his head and was admitted to the hospital with injuries. A case has been registered at the Vansda police station, according to SK Rai Deputy Superintendent of Police, Navsari. A probe into the matter is underway, police said.
The BJP has accused supporters of Congress candidate Anant Patel of staging the attack. Vansda is the 182 Legislative Assembly constituency of Gujarat. It is reserved for candidates belonging to the Scheduled Tribes.
A total of 39 political parties are contesting in the elections and have fielded 788 candidates including 718 male candidates and 70 women candidates. A total of 2,39,76,670 voters who will cast their votes by 5 pm today will decide the fate of 788 candidates who are in the fray for the first phase.