Ahmedabad/New Delhi, August 5
A Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) youth wing leader was arrested on Saturday in connection with the attack on Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s car, when he was visiting north Gujarat’s flood-affected Banaskantha district on Friday.
The action comes after 18 hours of night-long dharna and demonstration by Congress leaders and scores of district-level supporters.
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.
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.
Earlier in the day, Rahul Gandhi said the attack on his convoy in Gujarat was carried out by people from the BJP and the RSS.
Gandhi on Friday had faced protests in flood-hit Gujarat where alleged BJP supporters hurled a cement brick at his car and showed him black flags, forcing him to cut short his address at a gathering and leave in a huff.
“Attack on me was carried out by the BJP-RSS people. This is their and PM Modi’s way of politics,” he said.
“It was done by their people so why would they condemn it,” he said.
Senior Congress leader and Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad also condemned the attack on Gandhi, saying it was a planned conspiracy. “It is a murderous attack by the BJP, RSS,” Azad said. Agencies