Surendranagar: Congress leader Hardik Patel was slapped by an unidentified man while he was addressing a gathering at Surendranagar district in Gujarat.
Hardik was in the middle of his speech here when the attacker got on to the stage and slapped him. A scuffle broke out after the incident between the supporters of the Congress leader and the attacker. The attacker was thrashed by Hardik's supporters and later taken into custody. Hardik filed a police complaint after the incident.
Watch Congress leader Hardik Patel slapped during a rally in Surendranagar,Gujarat
Patel who emerged as the leader of the Patidar agitation demanding reservation for the community in Gujarat in 2015. The people from this community were considered to staunch supporters of the BJP. However, on March 12, Patel officially joined the Congress in Ahmedabad in the presence of party chief Rahul Gandhi and senior leader Mallikarjun Kharge.
This incident comes a day after a shoe was hurled at BJP’s national spokesperson GVL Narasimha Rao while he was addressing a media briefing at the BJP headquarters in New Delhi. He, however, had a narrow escape as the shoe missed him.