‘Missing’ Cong MLA Claims He Was Hiding

| Updated: December 5, 2022 2:20 pm

A Congress MLA in Gujarat who went “missing” last evening, prompting a post-midnight tweet from Rahul Gandhi, alleged this morning that he spent the night in a forest after being attacked with swords by a mob led by his BJP rival. The BJP has not responded to the allegation yet.

Kanti Kharadi is seeking re-election from Danta in Gujarat’s Banaskantha, which is among the 93 seats voting today in the second phase of the Gujarat election. He has filed an FIR against the BJP candidate from the seat, Ladhu Parghi.

“I was attacked by the BJP candidate and 150 of his goons with swords around 9.30 pm,” Kharadi said.

He also claimed he had been threatened earlier by the BJP candidate and that his request to the Election Commission for protection had been denied.

Late last night, Rahul Gandhi tweeted that Kharadi was missing.

“Congress tribal leader and Danta assembly candidate Kantibhai Kharadi was brutally attacked by BJP goons and is now missing. Congress had demanded deployment of paramilitary force in addition to the Election Commission, but the Commission slept on it. Listen, BJP – we are not afraid, we will not be afraid, we will fight hard,” wrote the Congress MP.

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