05/08/2017 5:07 PM IST | Updated 05/08/2017 5:08 PM IST

BJP Youth Leader Arrested For Attack On Rahul Gandhi's Car

The Congress Party on Saturday staged protests across the nation.

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India's Congress party vice president Rahul Gandhi gestures during an address at a farmers' rally at Ramlila ground in New Delhi April 19, 2015. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee

AHMEDABAD -- A Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) youth wing leader was arrested on Saturday in connection with the attack on Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi's car when he was visiting north Gujarat's flood-affected Banaskantha district on Friday.

The action comes after 18 hours of night-long dharna and demonstration by Congress leaders and scores of district level supporters.

Palanpur unit BJP youth wing general secretary Jayesh Darji was arrested by the Banaskantha district on Saturday after registering an FIR, which also names three others.

One of them is Bhagwanbhai Patel, chairman of Dhanera Agriculture Produce Market Committee (APMC). It is from the APMC market yard in Dhanera that the wave of protests against Rahul Gandhi started.

The police had through the night refused to take the complaint from former Gujarat Congress chief Arjun Modhwadia and others until a meeting between district police and senior officers.

On the other hand, the Congress vice president has urged the party workers to call off the protest staged by them across the nation against the attack.

Taking to Twitter, Rahul said that he respects the sentiments of Congress workers who are protesting against the Centre against the stone pelting.

"Respect the sentiments of Congress workers in #Gujarat protesting against admin not filing an FIR against the stone pelting. But I urge them to divert their energy in helping the people affected by floods in the state (sic)," he said in a tweet.

The Congress Party on Saturday staged protests across the nation over the attack on party Rahul's convoy in Gujarat on Friday.

The Congress workers staged protests in Gujarat's Ahmedabad, Chandigarh, Madhya Pradesh's capital Bhopal and Maharashtra's capital Mumbai.

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