1. Smriti Irani bangle row: BJP leader hits back at Congress, says Gujarat polls around corner, theatrics expected

Smriti Irani bangle row: BJP leader hits back at Congress, says Gujarat polls around corner, theatrics expected

Smriti Irani on Tuesday said that she believed Congress was adopting wrong strategy by instigating an attack on a woman by a man in this fashion.

By: | Published: June 13, 2017 5:23 PM
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Smriti Irani on Tuesday said that she believed Congress was adopting wrong strategy by instigating an attack on a woman by a man in this fashion. Irani’s statement came a day after a man hurled bangles at the Union Textile minister while yelling ‘Vande Mataram’ during a public meeting in Gujarat where Irani was speaking. In her interaction with ANI, Irani further said, “Chunaav Gujarat mein aa raha hai iss liye iss tarah ke kartabon ki mujhe apeksha hai (As the Assembly elections in Gujarat is around the corner, I expect such theatrics from Congress).”

Irani was speaking at a public meeting called ‘Sauno Sath, Sauno Vikas’ Sammelan where a man identified as Ketan Kaswala, who is said to be a resident of Mota Bhandaria village in Amreli district, threw bangles at her. He was immediately detained by the police.

Just before the incident took place yesterday, police had detained around 26 Congress workers including former Amreli MP Virji Thummar as they were marching towards the venue where Irani’s public meeting was scheduled. The function was largely aimed at highlighting the achievements of Narendra Modi-led central government on completion of three years at the Centre.

Explaining the incident in detail, Amreli SP Jagdish Patel said, “As the minister was addressing the crowd, Kaswala, who was sitting far from the dais, suddenly got up and threw two or three bangles towards the stage and shouted ‘Vande Mataram’.

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However, local Congress leaders claimed that the man who attacked the Textile Minister wanted to highlight the issue of farm loan waiver, which the police denied. On June 12, several Congress leaders who were headed by Thummar, started a march demanding better prices of farm produce and were later detained by the local police. Four members of the Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti were also detained by the police before Irani’s event started.

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