Blaming the state government for lack of proper security, the Congress leader said: "It can not just wash off its hands by saying a bullet proof auto was offered". "This is their, and PM Modi's, way of politics", he said.
The attack was carried out by BJP-RSS deliberate and people must be wary of such groups, Tilotama said. The police on Saturday had arrested Darji, an office-bearer of the BJP's youth wing in Banaskantha, after his name cropped up during the investigation, an official said.
The party said the attack on Rahul by BJP goons has once again proved that the BJP's slogan Sabka Saath Sabka Vikash is a mere hollow slogan. Rahul was travelling with SPG commandos some of whom were reportedly injured in the attack as they were sitting in the back.
Congress workers staged protests across the nation today including in Gujarat capital Ahmedabad, Punjab capital Chandigarh, Madhya Pradesh capital Bhopal and Maharashtra capital Mumbai. Rahul Gandhi's vehicle was pelted with stones during his visit to the flood-affected Dhanera in Gujarat but he escaped unhurt.
The minister said that it was the result of Congress infighting.
"Levelling false allegation (on BJP) is their politics".
"In yesterday's incident, the BJP workers hit a big stone at me that hit my PSO".
Singhvi said this is a new phase of politics in which the political opponents are intimidated and not allowed to visit the areas of calamity and it shows that "the authoritative and dictatorial regime can not broach any dissent, any show of independence". Reacting to this development, Rahul Gandhi said he respects the sentiments of party workers but requested them to invest their energy in helping people. "Narendra Modi ji, slogans, black flags and stones will not deter us".
The police had through the night refused to take the complaint from former Gujarat Congress chief Arjun Modhwadia and others till a meeting between district police and senior officers. There are floods at various places across the country and Rahul Gandhi is trying to reach out to people affected by floods. They are at a resort in Bengaluru - an attempt by the Congress to protect them from being poached before the Rajya Sabha polls on Tuesday.The Congress flew 43 Gujarat lawmakers to Bengaluru last Friday to prevent more defections after six of its legislators quit.