Shoe thrown at BJP leader during press conference 

Shoe thrown at BJP leader during press conference 

 GVL Narasimha Rao (Image courtesy Twitter/ANI)

A man, who identified himself as a doctor, hurled shoes at BJP spokesperson G V L Narasimha Rao during a press conference here where he was attacking the Congress on Thursday.

The man, identified as Shakti Bhargava, was held by security personnel present during the press conference at the BJP headquarters here and handed over to police.

A visiting card which showed that Bhargava is a surgeon with a Kanpur-based hospital was also recovered from him.

It did not immediately know what prompted the person to do so but there were reports that he was protesting against the BJP giving the ticket to Malegaon blast case accused Sadhvi Pragya in Bhopal.

The shoe missed Rao, who was speaking at the press conference along with senior leader Bhupendra Yadav. Rao was targeting Congress claiming that it was defaming Hindus by foisting "false cases" on Hindutva activists, including Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur.

As security guards took him away, Rao said, "this is a condemnable action. This is yet another attempt by another Congress inspired person who comes in here and shows the same kind of mentality."

A similar shoe-throwing incident was witnessed during the 2009 elections when a journalist Jarnail Singh threw shoes at senior Congress leader P Chidambaram protesting against the party field anti-Sikh riots case accused Sajjan Kumar and Jagdish Tytler. Singh later joined AAP and became an MLA in Delhi but later resigned to fight Punjab Assembly polls which he lost.