Hardik Patel slapped  |  Photo Credit: ANI
Ahmedabad: In a shocking incident, Congress leader Hardik Patel was slapped at a public meeting in Gujarat on Friday morning. Patel was slapped in Gujarat’s Surendranagar district during a Jan Aakrosh Sabha.
Television visuals showed Patel was slapped when he was addressing the gathering. A man could be seen walking on the stage and slap Patel from his right side. Soon, others present at the venue climbed the stage and caught hold of the man.
The man was detained and Hardik Patel later filed a complaint with the police with regard to the incident.
Meanwhile, the man was admitted to a hospital as he was thrashed following the slap incident. “My wife was pregnant when Patidar agitation happened. She was undergoing treatment at a hospital, I had faced problems then. I had decided then that I’ll hit this man. I have to teach him a lesson anyhow,” Tarun Gajjar said, as per ANI.
“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?” he added.
The incident came a day after a farmer refused to let Patel’s chopper land on his field. This led to the delay in Congress leader’s visit to Lunawada in Gujarat’s Mahisagar district at the last moment.
It was reported that the farmer refused to let his field be used as a helipad for the chopper to land.
Patel then travelled to Lunawada by road, located some 100 kilometres from Ahmedabad, to address the election rally.
Patel, 25, joined the Congress party last month. He was earlier the face of the Patidar quota agitation in the state that had started in 2015.
In Gujarat, Hardik Patel is Congress party’s star campaigner.
The farmer, Vinay Patel, took back the permission given to allow the landing of Patel’s chopper saying he was upset with him.
He is “playing politics on the bodies of those who died” during the Patidar quota stir, Vinay Patel said.
“Hardik was to attend an election rally at 5 pm Thursday at Lunawada and two days ago permission was granted for his helicopter to land on private land.
“But the owner of the private land on which the temporary helipad was to be constructed for the chopper to land declined (permission) at the last moment,” resident additional collector RR Thakkar was quoted as saying.