Congress official angry at his father being denied a ticket to the upcoming parliamentary elections in Gujarat is reported to have cast black ink on senior party leader and former Union minister Bharatsinh Solanki outside party headquarters here, police said.
Mr Solanki left ‘Rajiv Bhavan’, the congress headquarters, after attending a press conference when the incident, which left his clothes stained, police and party officials said.
“The person who threw black ink on Mr Solanki was also a congressman and was unhappy because his father was refused a ticket from the seat of the Ellisbridge Assembly (in Ahmedabad),” said Inspector BG Chetariya of Ellisbridge Police Station.
“Police officers who were on the scene recorded his statement. Solanki has not made a complaint that the person who threw ink on him belonged to his party,” Chetariya added.
Party official Romin Suthar said he was unhappy because his father Rashmikant Suthar was denied a ticket to the Ellisbridge Assembly constituency, he said, adding that the man would be allowed to go later.
A party official said the incident happened when Solanki left the congressional office after attending a press conference, and the ink left stains on his clothes.
Mr Solanki was a two-time MP from Anand Lok Sabha constituency and also chaired the Gujarat Congress from 2015 to 2018. In the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government, he was Minister of State for Power, Railways, Drinking Water and Sanitation.
On November 4, the opposition congress announced its first list of 43 candidates for the parliamentary elections in Gujarat.
The party has expelled Bhikhu Dave from the Ellisbridge seat in the city of Ahmedabad. The seat was won by Rajesh Shah of the BJP in the 2017 polls.
The 182 seat elections of the Gujarat Assembly will be held in two phases on December 1 and 5, and the vote counting will be conducted on December 8.
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