Solidarity or stunt? BJP says Rahul Gandhi tore Congress leader’s shirt during protest

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Dressed in black from top to toe, Congress leaders hit the streets on Friday to protest against unemployment, price rise, and the Goods and Services Tax (GST) hike on essential items. Leading from the forefront was Rahul Gandhi, who joined a protest march by party MPs that saw him getting into heated stand-offs with the police as they tried to detain Congress leaders.

Now, the BJP has called into question whether the Gandhi scion’s actions were genuine or a political stunt.

Tweeting a photo of Rahul Gandhi holding tightly onto Congress leader Deepender S Hooda as Delhi Police personnel grabbed and dragged the latter, BJP IT wing in-charge Amit Malviya alleged that the Wayanad MP was deliberately attempting to rip his colleague’s shirt.

Malviya also claimed that Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi, who had joined the protests outside the party HQ, had assaulted policewomen on duty by twisting their hands and kicking them.

“After Priyanka Vadra’s twist a hand moment, here is another one. Rahul Gandhi tearing his colleague Deepender Hooda’s shirt so that it made for a good protest picture and Delhi police could be blamed for high handedness. The Gandhi siblings are strong votary of tamasha politics,” Malviya said in a tweet.

A video of the incident shows Delhi Police trying to detain Congress MP Deepender S Hooda while he was protesting at Vijay Chowk in the national capital. Rahul Gandhi can be seen holding on to Hooda as Congress workers raise slogans against the government.


Over 300 Congress leaders, including Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, were detained by police for over six hours after being taken away from protest sites in Delhi.

Rahul Gandhi has alleged that some of the party MPs were even “beaten up” by police.

Meanwhile, Union Home Minister and BJP stalwart Amit Shah linked Congress leaders’ protest in black clothes to the party’s “appeasement” politics to convey its opposition to the Ram temple foundation laying by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on August 5, 2020. The charge was soon echoed by other saffron party leaders.

In a sharp retort, Congress MP Jairam Ramesh said the BJP made a desperate attempt to “divert, distract, polarise and give a malicious twist” to the party’s protests against price rise, unemployment and the GST.

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