Congress leader Hardik Patel was slapped by a man on the stage. During an election rally, the man has slapped Hardik Patel on the stage. 

 Hardik was addressing a rally in support of Congress candidate in Surendranagar, Gujarat. Only when a person, who later was identified as Tarun Gajjar near the stage slapped him.  However, the policemen present on the spot took the person safely out of the spot after the incident.

Hardik Patel has alleged that this attack has been done by the BJP on them. He said that the BJP is attacking them. 

The attacker explained his actions, saying the Hardik Patel-led agitation in the state had affected the health of his wife and child. 

He said, 'My wife was pregnant when Patidar agitation happened. I had faced problems then, I had decided then, I'll hit this man. I have to teach him a lesson anyhow'.

'Then again during his rally in Ahmedabad when I had gone to get medicine for my child, everything was shut down. He shuts down the roads, he shuts down Gujarat whenever he wants to, What is he? Gujarat's Hitler?'

Surendranagar constituency is set to go to polls on April 23, with the rest of Gujarat. The seat was won by the BJP's Devajibhai Fatepara in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.