Rahul Gandhi (Image credit: DNA India)
On the day, when polling began for 91 seats in the first phase of Lok Sabha elections, the Congress party has released a letter to the media, which it said addressed to Rajnath Singh, the Home Minister. The letter stated a possible assassination attempt on Rahul Gandhi’s life.
The three-part letter alleged about “a serious breach of security of Congress president Rahul Gandhi and possible endangerment of his life” in the subject line.
The first part of the letter reminded the minister of sacrifices made by former prime ministers Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi at the hands of terror forces.
In second part, the letters described what happened during Rahul Gandhi’s media interaction after he submitted his nomination papers for Amethi Lok Sabha seat. It said a laser light (green) was pointed at his head region seven times, which may have emanated from a “potential weapon, such as a sniper”. And the letter raised concerns about the “security breach”.
In the third the letter expressed shock and distress over possible assassination attempt and urged immediate action to investigate the matter and neutralize the threat.
Soon a video proof, attached to the letter, signed by Ahmed Patel, Jairam Ramesh, and Randeep Singh Surjewala, started playing on TV screens.
The Ministry of Home Affairs, however, responded to the news that it did not receive any such letter from the Congress. News agency ANI reported: “SPG has informed that the ‘green light’ shown in a clipping was found to be that of a mobile phone used by an AICC photographer, who was video graphing the impromptu press interaction of Rahul Gandhi near the collectorate in Amethi.”
Did the Congress try to generate some sympathy votes in its favour and anger for its opponents in the ongoing elections?