A Gujarat MP “disappeared” last night, Rahul Gandhi tweeted after midnight saying he had spent the night in the forest after being attacked with a sword by a mob led by his BJP rival.
The BJP has yet to respond to the allegations.
Kanti Kharadi is seeking re-election in Gujarat’s Danta in Banaskantha, one of the 93 seats up for voting in the second phase of the Gujarat elections today. He has filed FIR against BJP candidate from seat Ladhu Parghi.
He claimed he “escaped” and hid in the forest for hours after the alleged attack. He also said he had gone to hospital for treatment.
“I was attacked with swords by the BJP candidate and his 150 thugs around 9.30pm. They were going to kill me, so I ran and hid in the jungle for three or four hours. The police were in three or four I was found after hours,” Mr Kharadi told NDTV.
He claimed he was on his way to his constituents when the BJP candidate and his “thugs” blocked his car and surrounded him.
“They blocked us and then we turned the car and another car blocked us from the other side. Then we got out of the car and ran. We thought we had to run and we ran 10-15km,” the congressional MLA said .
He also claimed he had been threatened by the BJP candidate earlier and his protection request to the Election Commission was rejected.
Late last night, Rahul Gandhi tweeted that Mr Kharadi was missing.
“Congress Tribal Leader and Danta Assembly Candidate Kantibhai Kharadi was brutally attacked by BJP thugs and is now missing. Congress calls for paramilitary forces to be deployed outside Election Commission, but Commission turns a blind eye. Listen, BJP – we don’t Be afraid, we will not be afraid, we will fight hard,” the congressman wrote.
Gujarat Congress leader Jignesh Mewani also tweeted that Mr Kharadi was attacked because the BJP was afraid of losing.
“Someone tried to kill him while intercepting his quadricycle. The vehicle overturned. But Kantibhai Kharadi is still missing,” he tweeted.
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