West Bengal Congress president Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury expressed suspicion of someone pelting stones at Rahul Gandhi's car as Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra passed through Malda on Wednesday (31 January).
"Maybe someone at the back pelted a stone amid the crowd. Police force is overlooking that. A lot can happen due to overlooking. This is a small incident but something big could have happened too," Chowdhury said.
"If a personality like Rahul Gandhi's security is overlooked... We were not given the desired space and had to come to the open field. Here there are no security arrangements. They wanted something to happen," he added.
While Chowdhury attacked West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in his statement, without naming her, the Congress quickly issued clarification on the "false news" as it looked forward to keeping the TMC within the INDI Alliance.
In a post on X, Congress said, "A huge crowd had come to meet Rahul ji in Malda, West Bengal. In this crowd, a woman suddenly came in front of Rahul ji's car to meet him, due to which the brakes were suddenly applied."
Explaining that the glass of the car broke due to the rope used in the security circle, Congress said, "Jan Nayak Rahul Gandhi is fighting for justice against the injustice being done to the people. The public is with him, the public is keeping him safe."
Congress leader Jairam Ramesh said earlier today that the INDI Alliance will contest together in West Bengal as well. However, TMC supremo Banerjee said last week that her party will contest the elections for all 42 Lok Sabha seats in Bengal on its own.
Nishtha Anushree is Senior Sub-editor at Swarajya. She tweets at @nishthaanushree.
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