Shoe hurled at Rahul Gandhi during roadshow, BJP leader condemns attack

New Delhi: BJP leader Anurag Thakur on Monday condemned the shoe attack on Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi in Sitapur in Uttar Pradesh, saying this is no way to convey anger against anybody.

Rahul Gandhi delivering a speech during his kisan yatra. CNN-News18

Rahul Gandhi delivering a speech during his kisan yatra. CNN-News18

"I condemn this... Throwing shoes, throwing ink is not a good thing," said Thakur while commenting on the incident which took place during Rahul's roadshow.

The BJP youth wing president said people can convey their views or anger, if any, through various peaceful means rather than indulging in such acts. "India is one of the world's largest democracies. It is a very open system where we have lot of independence, freedom of speech. So, you can convey on social media, you can convey in person in any peaceful manner," he said.

He also disapproved of burning of buses and destroying public property as part of protests. A local youth identified as Hariom Sharma flung his shoe from a distance at Rahul in Sitapur during his roadshow. However, the shoe did not hit the Congress leader.

The youth was immediately detained by the police and taken to the city police station. The youth was heard saying "roadshow is useless", according to an eyewitness.

Police said prima facie, the youth has no political links and the matter was being probed.

Updated Date: Sep 26, 2016 19:19 PM

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