Shoe thrown at Rahul Gandhi at rally in BJP stronghold

Published: January 23, 2012
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Gandhi, son of powerful Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, has sparked the BJP's ire before. PHOTO: AFP

Gandhi, son of powerful Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, has sparked the BJP's ire before. PHOTO: AFP

Indian leader and Gandhi family scion Rahul Gandhi has joined the ranks of former US president George W Bush and Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari after a shoe was hurtled at him, Indian television channel NDTV reported on Monday.

Gandhi, general secretary of the ruling Congress party and a member of the Indian parliament, was addressing a rally in Vikasnagar, a town in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand.

The shoe fell 10 meters short of Gandhi, Dehra Dun Senior Superintendent of Police GN Goswami told the Press Trust of India news agency.

The man who threw the shoe, identified as Kuldip, was immediately taken into custody, Goswami said, adding that he was being interrogated.

As security personnel and Congress supporters grabbed Kuldip, Gandhi was heard saying “don’t hit him”.

In recent days, Gandhi’s mother Sonia Gandhi has also campaigned in Uttarakhand. The hilly state has been a stronghold of the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party, which is hoping to return to power.

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  • Asif
    Jan 23, 2012 - 11:03PM

    Is this the only picture of Rahul Gandhi that we possess?

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  • chinna
    Jan 24, 2012 - 2:38AM

    He is not Gandhi family scion…. dont do the mistakes if dont know and these stupid fellows added themselves as a last name for the sake of political profit ..political business… This bloddy fellows who added his name, dont even know about Mohandas Karamchand Ghandi ji.

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  • G. Din
    Jan 24, 2012 - 5:47PM

    @chinna:
    “…dont do the mistakes if dont know and these stupid fellows added themselves as a last name for the sake of political profit ..”
    Spot on! They have descended from a Parsi gentleman named Pheroze Ghandy and have no connection with the revered Mahatma. But, poor Pheroze was a “nobody” and those opportunists had no use for him. In everyday commerce, this would be prosecutable for deceitful representation.Recommend

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