Ahmedabad: A scuffle broke out at Congress leader Hardik Patel’s public meeting in Ahmedabad district of Gujarat on Saturday. The reason behind the incident is yet to be ascertained.
The incident comes a day after Patel was slapped by a man at Jan Aakrosh Sabha in Gujarat’s Surendernagar district on Friday. In the video of the incident, a man was seen walking on the stage and furiously slapping Patel. As per media reports, he was taken into custody. The accused was identified as Tarun Gajjar.
Following the incident, Patel had alleged that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is ‘trying to attack and kill him’. Claiming that the attacker is connected to the BJP leaders, he reportedly said, “BJP is trying to attack and kill me the same way Haren Pandya was murdered and fake encounters were done. Man who slapped me is connected to BJP leaders, you can see it on his Facebook profile.”
Reasoning the attack, the man said, “My wife was pregnant when Patidar agitation happened, she was undergoing treatment at a hospital, I had faced problems then, I had decided then, I’ll hit this man. I have to teach him a lesson anyhow.”
He added,”Then again during his rally in Ahmedabad when I had gone to get medicine for my child, everything was shut down. He shuts down the roads, he shuts down Gujarat whenever he wants to, What is he? Gujarat’s hitler?”
Following the ‘slapgate’ incident, Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee wrote to the Chief Electoral Officer of the state, demanding the Election Commission of India (ECI) to restore Y+ security for the leader.