A day after his convoy was attacked in Gujarat, a BJP leader was arrested in relation with the incident which took place on Friday. Gujarat Congress workers continued to protest outside the BJP headquarters in the state against the attack. The BJP youth wing leader Jayesh Darji was arrested on Saturday. Meanwhile, the party vice-president asked leaders and workers to shift their attention towards helping flood-affected people.
Palanpur unit BJP youth wing general secretary Jayesh Darji was arrested by the Banaskantha district on Saturday after registering an FIR, which also names three others. One of them is Bhagwanbhai Patel, chairman of Dhanera Agriculture Produce Market Committee (APMC). It is from the APMC market yard in Dhanera that the wave of protests against Rahul Gandhi started.
Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Saturday hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his party for the attack on his convoy in Gujarat, saying that it was “the style of politics pursued by the BJP and RSS”.
Rahul's car was attacked on Friday when he was on his way to the helipad after visiting the flood-hit areas in Gujarat.
In yesterday’s incident, BJP workers threw a stone at me which hit my personal security officer (PSO). This is Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP-RSS’s way of politics. What can I say?Rahul Gandhi
The Congress Vice President’s car was stoned and windows broken by hostile black flag-waving crowds during his Gujarat tour of a flood-hit town in the Banaskantha district.
Rahul Gandhi said why would the Prime Minister condemn the attack on his convoy when the attackers were from his party. “When they have themselves done it, how will they condemn it?” he asked.
After Rahul’s car was attacked, Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala alleged that BJP goons pelted heavy stones at Rahul's car when he was on his way to the helipad after meeting flood victims at Gujarat's Dhanera.
Following the attack, Rahul took to Twitter and wrote, “Narendra Modi Ji's slogans, black flags and stones will not stop us.... We will put in all our might into the service of people.”
Senior Congress leader and Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad also condemned the attack on Gandhi, saying that it was a “pre-planned conspiracy”. “It is a murderous attack by the BJP, RSS,” Azad said.
Condemning the incident, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani said that a senior officer has been appointed to investigate the incident and assured that a strict action will be taken against the guilty.
“I condemn the unfortunate attack on Rahul Gandhi's convoy. I have instructed officers to take strict action against those responsible. Govt has appointed Add DG rank officer to investigate in detail and will take strict action against those found responsible (sic),” Rupani tweeted.
Meanwhile, the Congress Party on Saturday staged protests across the nation over the attack on party vice president convoy. The Congress workers staged protests in Gujarat's Ahmedabad, Chandigarh, Madhya Pradesh's capital Bhopal and Maharashtra's capital Mumbai.
In Gatkopar, the Mumbai Youth Congress workers threw flowers inside BJP office and shouted slogan against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah.