But as the supply of blankets exhausted, the crowd became restive and Patel’s security guards and private staff had a tough time controlling it.
“Danda lao. Maro salo ko (Beat them with sticks),” Patel swore at the crowd, while asking his security personnel to beat them up with sticks.
As he lost his cool, Patel pushed a teenager and slapped him on the back of his head. The youngster had come face to face with the minister by chance.
During the entire episode, the minister kept on shouting at the crowd and at times attempted to hit the people.
Patel, Samajwadi Party’s MLA from Sewapuri constituency, could not be contacted for his comments.
No senior SP leader is willing to say anything on record about the incident.