Congress President Rahul Gandhi had an explosion scare after balloons at a political roadshow in Jabalpur burst into flames near his vehicle.
The blast flames were too close to the minibus in which Rahul Gandhi was seated. There was a moment of panic when balloons released to welcome him, exploded.
The incident is said to have taken place at Model Road when Gandhi’s cavalcade was passing through, as part of his road-show. Thousands of people were lined up along the main thoroughfares of the city to catch a glimpse of the Congress President. As per the video of the incident, a few Congress workers were holding an ‘aarti thali’ to welcome the Congress chief. In the melee, some balloons which had been released as part of the celebrations, came in contact with the flame of lamp kept on the ‘aarti thali’.
As a result, the balloons caught on fire, leaving the crowd, as well as Gandhi, startled. However, there were no reports of any injuries due to the incident, reports suggested. The road show continued despite the minor hiccup, with the Congress President continuing to smile and wave at the crowds, according to the video.
According to reports, no person was injured during the incident.
At the rally, the Congress chief hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over unemployment and accused him of creating “two Hindustans” — one of the wealthy businessmen like Vijay Mallya, Nirav Modi and Lalit Modi — and another for the poor and weaker sections. Rahul also assured youths that his party alone can create jobs for them if they come to power.
Gandhi started his eight-kilometre roadshow after praying at the Narmada River, with hundreds of posters dotting the route terming him a “Narmada bhakt”.
Rahul also raked up the multi-billion Rafale fighter jet deal with France to attack Modi. Gandhi said his party will ensure implementation of the tribal rights bill if voted to power in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan.
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