NEW DELHI: The Congress on Saturday accused the BJP and the RSS of being behind what it described as a “murderous attack” on Rahul Gandhi in Gujarat and claimed it was a “pre- planned” conspiracy. The Congress vice president said the attack on his convoy was carried out by the BJP and RSS workers and this was Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and the BJP’s way of politics.
Gandhi on Friday faced protests in flood-hit Gujarat where a cement brick was hurled at his car allegedly by BJP supporters, breaking the window planes of his car. “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.
Gandhi was also shown black flags that forced him to cut short his address at a gathering in Dhanera town of Banaskantha district and had to leave in a huff.
“In yesterday’s incident, the BJP workers hit a big stone at me that hit my PSO. This is Modi ji, BJP’s and RSS’s way of politics. What else can we say,” Gandhi said outside Parliament.
When asked that the prime minister and the BJP have not condemned the incident so far, Gandhi said, “When they themselves do such a thing, how will they condemn it. It is done by their people so why would they condemn it.”
Azad was accompanied by Leader of Congress in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge, Congress Deputy Leader in Rajya Sabha Anand Sharma and AICC media incharge Randeep Surjewala.
“We strongly condemn the attack on Gandhi as it has also brought forward the real face of the BJP, which is known for doing this since independence,” Azad said. “If it happens again, I think the people of the country will not tolerate this,” he said.
Kharge 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.”
Anand Sharma said, “What happened in Gujarat is unacceptable in any civilised society and democracy. It is also an exposure of the intent, ideology and character of the BJP and the RSS, which believes in violence, intimidation and physical assaults on political opponents and leaders,” he claimed.
He said the BJP was using every possible means to capture power everywhere.