New Delhi, August 8: Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday slammed Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi for not following security protocols. Notably, Minister Rajnath Singh hit out at Rahul Gandhi in Lok Sabha said that he had violated the security protocol during his visit to Gujarat last week when he was attacked with a stone.
Minister Rajnath lashed out at Rahul Gandhi and said that there was a heavy presence of security personnel, but Congress vice president did not use the car provided by the police but took the vehicle which was not bullet proof. He didn’t follow guidelines set by security officials rather followed what his personal security asked.
The Home Minister said some unknown person threw a stone at Gandhi's car and the incident would not have occurred if the Congress leader would have used the vehicle which was provided by the police. Rajnath Singh also raised the matter of Rahul Gandhi’s foreign visits and asked, "In the last two years, Rahul Gandhi was out for 72 days on 6 foreign tours, but didn't take SPG cover. We want to know where did he go? Why didn't he take the SPG cover?”
Minister Rajnath Singh also said, “Rahul Gandhi undertook 121 tours in the last 2 years, out of which there were 100 security protocol violations of not using BR Car.” Meanwhile, Minister Rajnath Singh praised Gujarat government and police saying that the state government did a commendable job and arrested one person in connection with the attack.
The matter of stone pelting incident on Rahul Gandhi was raised by Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge in Lok Sabha terming it "potentially fatal" attack on Gandhi in Gujarat on August 4. Congress members shouted slogans even as the Minister said the accused had been arrested and further probe was on which forced Speaker Sumitra Mahajan to adjourn the House for half hour.
Earlier on 4th of August this year, Rahul Gandhi’s car was pelted with stones during his visit to the flood-affected Banaskantha district in Gujarat. Unfortunately, the SPG guard received minor injuries while Rahul Gandhi escaped unhurt in the incident.
Later, Rahul Gandhi had lashed out at PM Modi on Twitter saying, “Narendra Modi Ji's slogans, black flags and stones will not stop us…. We will put in all our might into the service of people.”
Immediately after this incident, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani appointed a senior officer to investigate the incident in detail and assured that a strict action will be taken against the guilty.