New Delhi, Aug 4 (PTI) The Congress today strongly condemned the attack on party vice president Rahul Gandhi in Gujarat, allegedly by BJP “goons”, saying it was deliberately done to create an atmosphere of fear in the state ahead of the Assembly election. Also Read - Rahul Gandhi Slams Modi Government Over Coronavirus Vaccine, Asks 'What Does PM Stand By'

Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, Ghulam Nabi Azad while condemning the attack said the damage done to the motorcade and security personnel injured clearly shows that it was a well-organised attack on Gandhi to harm him physically. Also Read - Thousands of People Dance at Engagement of Ex-BJP Minister’s Granddaughter in Gujarat, Video Goes Viral

“We strongly condemn the act and the cult of violence for which the BJP and its cadres are famous. This is being deliberately done by the BJP to create an atmosphere of fear in the state of Gujarat just before the Assembly election,” the senior Congress leader said in a statement. Also Read - Delhi Chalo: Rahul Gandhi Slams Modi Government Over Farmers Protest, Fires 'Suit-Boot' Jibe

“This is yet another example of intolerance exhibited by BJP and its workers openly,” he said.

Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi alleged that when Gandhi was passing through the Lal Chowk area while travelling to flood-affected areas of Banaskantha in Gujarat, he was attacked with cement bricks by BJP “goons”.

“Glass panes were broken. It was a dastardly attack for no other reason than that Rahul Gandhi was visiting a flood affected area. Are we reaching a space in our democracy where political opponents are not going to be allowed to practice democratic politics?” he asked.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.