Mob attacks India opposition leader Gandhi in Gujarat

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AHMEDABAD, India: Indian opposition leader Rahul Gandhi’s car was hit by a stone-throwing mob as he visited a flood-hit region of Gujarat state, with leaders of his party blaming supporters of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. A mob carrying black flags tried to stop Gandhi’s convoy Friday and although he was unhurt in the attack, the windows of his car were smashed, television images showed. Police have detained one man and are investigating the incident, the Press Trust of India reported. Scion to the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty that ruled India for decades through its Congress party, the 47-year-old Gandhi is seeking to revive the party’s fortunes after its ouster in 2014 general elections and a string of defeats in state polls since then. Several senior Congress leaders accused Modi’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of orchestrating the attack on Gandhi, who is the Congress vice president.

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