Rahul Gandhi faces shoe attack in Sitapur, Uttar Pradesh; Congress vice-president blames BJP, RSS for attack

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New Delhi | Updated: September 26, 2016 4:48:45 PM

Rahul Gandhi in Sitapur faced a shoe attack during his month-long rally ahead of Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections 2017. The attacker was arrested.

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Rahul Gandhi i Sitapur faced a shoe attack today during his rally ahead of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections. This is the first time when the Congress vice-president experienced hostile reception in Uttar Pradesh during his ongoing month-long ‘Kisann Yatra’ across the state.

The incident happened in Sitapur when a youth hurled a shoe towards Rahul Gandhi during his road show. However, the shoe did not hit him. According to reports, Hariom Sharma, a resident of Shastri Nagar locality, flung his shoe from a distance at Rahul near Transport Crossing, from where the roadshow started. Gandhi, riding in an open top vehicle, was seen looking at the shoe thrown in his direction and then looking away after the object missed him.

Later, Rahul has blamed RSS and BJP for the attack. He said, “I will keep fighting”. The police immediately detained the youth, a PTI report said. The youth was heard saying “roadshow is useless”, according to an eyewitness. Prima facie, the youth has no political links, police said. Police have ordered a probe into the matter.

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Rahul Gandhi is in Uttar Pradesh these days campaigning for his party for the upcoming elections in the state. He Gandhi has been organising ‘Khat Sabha’ in different parts of the state in order to interact with farmers and discuss their problems.

(With inputs from agencies)

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