New Delhi: Rahul Gandhi today responded to the attacks on him in Gujarat on Friday. Pointing towards the BJP and the RSS he took a snide on them saying that how can they respond to these attacks when they themselves are behind these attacks.
Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Friday 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.
The glass pane at the rear of his car was shattered as a piece of cement brick smashed through it when Gandhi was on his way to the helipad in Dhanera from Lal Chowk in flood- ravaged Banaskantha district, police said.
Gandhi, however, escaped unhurt and proceeded to the next place on his itinerary--Runi village in Thara taluka--where he asserted he would not get cowed down by such protests.
"Won't step back because of black flags, Narendra Modi slogans or stones," an unfazed Gandhi told a gathering at Runi.
Superintendent of Police Neeraj Badgujar said a man threw a stone at Gandhi's car, breaking the glass-pane at the rear end of the vehicle. He said a man who threw stone at the Congress leader's car has been detained.
Earlier, he was heckled and shown black flags by people shouting pro-Narendra Modi slogans at Lal Chowk in Dhanera.
Hardly had he started his speech when some people in the crowd waved back flags and started chanting "Modi, Modi".
"Let them come (those waving black flags), let them hoist flag here in front (of the stage)," an agitated Gandhi said.
"I wanted to be among you when your villages are flooded, when people have died in your homes. I wanted to meet you and embrace you. I want to tell you I and the Congress party are with you," Gandhi said.
"We do not have (a Congress) government at the Centre or in the state. But I and my party workers are standing with you in this hour of need," he said, before abruptly ending his speech and leaving.
Congress spokesman Abhishek Manu Singhvi blamed BJP "goons" for the "dastardly" attack.