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Wednesday 22 August, 2018, 3:42 am

Rahul Gandhi car attack: Why doesn't Congress VP take SPG cover on foreign trips, asks Rajnath Singh

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday accused Congress Vice President​ Rahul Gandhi of violating protocol after ruckus in Lok Sabha over attack on his car in Gujarat, last week.

Singh was responding to allegations by Congress members that Gandhi could have been killed in Gujarat where stones were pelted on his car last week.

During his visit to flood-affected town in Gujarat, Gandhi escaped unhurt after some unidentified persons threw a stone at the car in which he was travelling , breaking the glass pane of the rear window of the vehicle.

He was also shown black flags, that forced him to cut short his address at a gathering in Dhanera town of Banaskantha district and had to leave in a huff.

Speaking in Lok Sabha, Rajnath Singh said, "Adequate security was provided to Congress leader, but he refused to travel in the vehicle made available to him by the police."

Accusing Rahul Gandhi of not listening to the area police or SPG officials but only to his Personal secretary, Singh said, "Gujarat government is investigating the matter and have arrested one person. Rahul should have followed security related suggestions."

The Union Home Minister also said that the Congress leader was out for 72 days on 6 foreign tours in last two years, but didn't take SPG cover. "We want to know where did he go? Why didn't he take SPG cover," Singh said.

Earlier, Kharge alleged that if one of the stones had hit their leader, he could have been killed.

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