In this picture released by the AICC, broken glass piece are seen inside a car after alleged stone pelting at Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi's convoy during his visit to flood affected Dhanera village of Banaskantha district on Friday. (Photo: PTI)
New Delhi: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday accused Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi of violating protocol on his recent visit to Gujarat last week.
Singh was responding to allegations by Congress members in Lok Sabha that Rahul could have been killed in Gujarat where stones were pelted on his car.
Singh told the Lok Sabha that the Gujarat Police was informed two days in advance before he arrived in the state.
"Rahul Gandhi is under SPG protection. The state police had made adequate arrangement for the visit. He was even provided a bullet-proof car. But he opted for a non-bullet proof vehicle. He should have listened to the advice of security personnel. But he did not," he said.
Singh added that had Rahul used vehicle provided by police, the incident could be avoided.
Responding to the issue raised by Congress leader in the Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge, Singh said the nation as well as the House want to know what Rahul wants to hide by not taking SPG protection along, when he left India on six occasions totalling 72 days.
Earlier, Kharge alleged that if one of the stones had hit their leader, he could have been killed.
Later, Lok Sabha was adjourned for the day amid Congress protests over the attack.