Ahmedabad: The Gujarat Congress official website was hacked on Friday by an unidentified person. Reportedly, the hacker had posted a picture of Patidar quota agitation leader Hardik Patel, who joined the party a couple of days ago, in form of a screenshot which appears to be the one from an alleged sex video that surfaced ahead of Gujarat Assembly Elections 2017.

The screenshot was reportedly posted along with a caption – ‘Welcome our new leader’. Notably, five purported videos of Hardik with women went viral ahead of 2017 Gujarat elections. The leader had maintained back then the videos were ‘fake and morphed’.

Meanwhile, the Gujarat Congress website – http://www.gujaratcongress.in – has been taken down after the IT team of the party spotted the ‘mischief’.

“Our website was hacked. Someone put a photo of Hardik Patel on it. We have shut down the website immediately. It will become online soon. This might be the handiwork of those who did not like Hardik’s entry into the Congress,” informed state party spokesperson Manish Doshi. Adding, he said that the party may file a police complaint.

Hardik Patel joined the Congress on March 12 in the presence of party president Rahul Gandhi and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi. He justified his decision of taking entry into active politics ahead of Lok Sabha Elections 2019, he had said, “People ask me why I chose the Congress and Rahul Gandhi. I chose Rahul Gandhi because he is honest. He does not believe in working like a dictator.”

After joining the Congress at its rally near Adalaj village in Gandhinagar district, Hardik in his address asked the gathering if it was the right decision. To this, the people said, “Yes”. He also targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Lok Sabha Elections 2019 will be conducted in seven phases. The voting for the first phase will be held on April 11. Polls will be cast in the last phase on May 19. The counting of votes will be held on May 23.