Lok Sabha Polls 2019: Gujarat Congress writes to EC; demands Y+ Security for Hardik Patel After Slap at Rally

Hours after Patidar Congress Leader Hardik Patel was slapped during a rally in Gujarat on Friday, the Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCC) has written to the Poll Commission demanding a security cover for the young leader.  In a letter to the Election Commission, Congress State Unit said that the Y+ security cover given to Patel be store immediately.

The Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCC) in a letter said the security cover which was withdrawn in April last year must be restored. The security cover given to the Patidar leader was withdrawn after it was learned that there was no threat to him.

The Y+ Security Cover was given to him by the Intelligence Bureau based on the inputs received by the Central Agency.

The GPCC Letter to the Election Commission came hours after Hardik Patel was slapped while addressing a poll rally in Gujarat’s Surendranagar.

Following which the man who slapped Hardik was detained. Hardik later in the day filed a police complaint on the incident. Attacking the Bharatiya Janata Party for the incident, Patel said, ‘BJP is trying to attack & kill me the same way Haren Pandya was murdered & fake encounters were done. Man who slapped me is connected to BJP leaders, you can see it on his Facebook profile’.

Man who slapped Hardik Patel at a rally in Surendranagar was later admitted to hospital after being thrashed following the incident. A man named Taran Gajjar said speaking to media said, ‘My wife was pregnant when Patidar agitation happened, she was undergoing treatment at a hospital, I had faced problems then, I had decided then, I’ll hit this man. I have to teach him a lesson anyhow.’

He speaking to news wire ANI said, ‘Then again during his rally in Ahmedabad when I had gone to get medicine for my child, everything was shut down. He shuts down the roads, he shuts down Gujarat whenever he wants to, What is he? Gujarat’s Hitler?’.

Patel has joined Congress on March 12 during a rally after Congress Working Committee meeting in a run-up to the national elections 2019. Patel is keen to contest from Jamnagar Lok Sabha Seat however, the Court refused to put stay on his conviction in a case of ‘rioting 2015’ during Patidar quota protest.

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