Hardik Patel joined as slapped today by a man while he was addressing an election rally in Gujarat’s Surendranagar.

A screen grab of viral video wherein Congress leader was slapped by a man on stage.

Hardik Patel was delivering a speech in Gujarati when suddenly a man walked up to the stage and slapped him. The man then pushed Hardik Patel a few times before people intervened. A video of the incident has been tweeted by news agency ANI.

In the video, the man can be seen shouting angrily at Hardik Patel after slapping him and trying to manhandle him.

Later, people present at the venue got hold of the man and he was beaten up. Police had a tough time trying to recue him. He was later taken to a local hospital.

Speaking to India Today TV on the attack, Hardik Patel said this is conspiracy perpetrated by the BJP.

“Ye BJP wale chahte hain ki mujhe maar diya jaye. Mujh par hamle karwa rahe hain. Lekin hun chup nahi rahenge (The BJP wants to see me dead. They are orchestrating attacks on me. But I will not remain silent).”

Hardik Patel later filed a police complaint against the man.

Patidar leader Patel has recently joined the Congress.

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