A scuffle broke out between two groups during a rally by Hardik Patel in Ahmedabad in Gujarat as the Congress leader faced protest during the event.
The rally was for Ahmedabad east from where Geeta Patel in Nikol assembly constituency. A few people who were present in the rally were sloganeering against Congress and Hardik. Hardik supporters retaliated.
As seen in the video, the two groups came to blows at each other. One person even threw a chair at a group.
The episode went on for 10-15 minutes. The police had reached the venue and intervened to break up the fight.
Hardik Patel reacted to the incident implying that the protests were staged.
"Everyone has the right to protest but what do those who have come from outside and what do they to do with me or the issues?" he said.
He also tweeted saying:
"I addressed people in the Ahmedabad east Lok Sabha seat. The BJP has tried everything to defame the Congress, but people have trusted the party. One worker has done everything for the party. Jai Hind"
The incident comes a day after the Congress leader was attacked in his own rally by a person who claimed to be disillusioned by his politics.
Hardik Patel was recently attacked during a rally in Surendranagar in Gujarat. The attacker had walked up to Hardik as he was thanking the audience for blessing him by their presence and slapped him hard before he had a chance to react. Following that the two briefly engaged in fisticuffs before the attacker was taken into custody.
The attacker had waited overnight at the rally venue in an effort to blend in, and as a result, the security didn't think to stop him as he made his way to the stage, Hardik Patel's team said.
Hardik Patel had joined the Congress just weeks before the Lok Sabha polls began, finally putting the 3-year-long speculation over his political affiliation to rest. However, his own poll plans were scuppered after the Gujarat High Court refused to stay his conviction in a 2015 rioting case rendering him ineligible. He has subsequently been campaigning for his party, as he was doing at the rally where he was attacked.
Earlier, a farmer who had allowed Patel to use his field to be turned to a helipad so the Patidar leader could land his chopper rescinded the permission. Patel had to later travel by road to Lunawada, around 100km from here, to address an election rally.