Gujarat floods: With Congress MLAs away, Rahul Gandhi to visit affected villages

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Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi visited flood hit areas in Jalore district of Rajasthan on Friday.

Surjewala said: "Windowpanes of Congress Vice President's auto broken in an organised attack by goons, security staff injured".

Earlier, Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala informed that BJP goons broke Congress VP's vehicle with heavy stones on his way to the helipad after meeting flood victims at Dhanera.

Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi alleged that when Gandhi was passing through the Lal Chowk area while travelling to flood-affected areas of Banaskantha in Gujarat, he was attacked with cement bricks by BJP "goons".

BJP spokesman Sambit Patra said it was incorrect for the Congress to claim that the attack was carried out by goons.

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Rahul is first expected to go to Rajasthan, which was also lashed by torrential rain last week, before touring some of the worst affected areas in Gujarat's Banaskantha and Patan districts.

"Whatever we can do, will do for you", Rahul said while interacting with the villagers.

Responding to the incident, Rahul asked his party men to let the protesting locals come in and said that the "protest doesn't make any difference to him". "He assured us that he will raise these issues in the parliament", Congress worker Jagdish Manju told IANS from here.

Earlier in the day, Rahul faced hostile black-flag waving crowds shouting slogans in favor of prime minister Narendra Modi during his tour of flood hit Dhanera town in Banaskantha district, forcing him to beat a retreat. "We strongly condemn the incident. This has to be condemned unequivocally across the board by every political party".