Protests af­ter mob at­tacks In­dia oppn leader Gandhi

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

AHMED­ABAD: In­dia’s main op­po­si­tion Congress Party staged an­gry na­tion­wide protests yes­ter­day, blam­ing sup­port­ers of Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi for pelt­ing stones at the car of its leader Rahul Gandhi. Congress work­ers shouted slo­gans out­side the head­quar­ters of Modi’s rul­ing right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in New Delhi and held street protests in other states.

Gandhi was trav­el­ling to a flood-hit area in west­ern Gu­jarat state Fri­day when a mob car­ry­ing black flags pelted stones at his con­voy. Although Gandhi was un­hurt in the at­tack, the win­dows of his car were smashed, tele­vi­sion chan­nels showed. “BJP work­ers threw stones at me, it hit my PSO (per­sonal se­cu­rity of­fi­cer). It is their style of pol­i­tics, what can I say,” said Gandhi, the scion of the Nehru-Gandhi dy­nasty that ruled In­dia for decades through the Congress party.

Gandhi, 47, has been seek­ing to re­vive the party’s for­tunes af­ter BJP ousted it from power in 2014 gen­eral elec­tions. Gu­jarat, Modi’s home state, goes to the polls in De­cem­ber with the BJP seek­ing to re­tain power. “Win­dow­panes of Cong VP’s car bro­ken in an or­gan­ised at­tack by goons, se­cu­rity staff in­jured. BJP must know truth can’t be si­lenced,” tweeted Ran­deep Sur­jewla, a Congress spokesman.

The Congress also lodged a po­lice com­plaint of “mur­der­ous as­sault” against four BJP work­ers. Po­lice have de­tained one man and are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the in­ci­dent, the Press Trust of In­dia re­ported. Gandhi said he was un­de­terred by the at­tack. “Naren­dra Modi ji, slo­gans, black flags and stones will not de­ter us... We will put in all our might into the ser­vice of peo­ple,” he tweeted Fri­day. Gandhi later met flood vic­tims in Banaskan­tha dis­trict of Gu­jarat where se­vere mon­soon flood­ing has killed more than 200 peo­ple so far.

NEW DELHI: Ac­tivists and sup­port­ers of the In­dian Youth Congress (IYC) stand on po­lice bar­ri­cades while shout­ing slo­gans against Prime Min­is­ter of In­dia Naren­dra Modi out­side the head­quar­ters of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

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