In the video of the incident, the Patidar leader can be seen addressing the rally from on top of a stage, with other leaders seated behind him. As Hardik Patel was thanking the audience for coming to his rally and bestowing blessing upon him, a man walks up to him from his right with a paper in his hand, and attacked him before he had a chance to move away.
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The incident comes just weeks after a video of Patel being confronted by citizens over his choice of joining Congress surfaced. In the video, a group of people can be seen questioning him over his political decision and support to the ‘Tukde Tukde gang’.
The attack on Hardik Patel follows BJP Rajya Sabha MP GVL Narasimha Rao having a shoe hurled at him while he addressed a news briefing at his party HQ in New Delhi on Thursday.
A man flung shoes at BJP leaders addressing a press conference at the party’s headquarters here on Thursday. It was not immediately clear why the person, who identified himself as a doctor by profession, threw the shoes. He was immediately bundled out by security guards at the party office and will be handed over to police.
At the time of the incident, BJP leaders Bhupendra Yadav and G V L Narsimha Rao were addressing the media with Rao attacking the Congress for defaming Hindus by foisting “false cases” on Hindutva activists, including Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur.
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