The Congress today attacked BJP for the shoe-throwing incident at Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's election rally in Ahmedabad and demanded an apology from Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi while BJP condemned the episode.
Congress leaders termed the incident as "absolutely "shocking and astounding" and said that it was a reflection of "hate culture" injected by the BJP.
"All political parties should condemn such acts. This is also reflective of the law and order situation in the state. Gujarat has good people but we also have people like (Narendra) Modi. Nobody should insult the Prime Minister and Modi should apologise for it," Veerappa Moily, AICC media department chief, said.
Priyanka Gandhi, who is touring Rae Bareli in Uttar Pradesh, said, "There are many ways of seeking redressal of issues. There is a right way and there is a wrong one. This is a wrong way. It is not in our tradition. Our tradition is non- violence. Such action does not befit our tradition".
Party spokesman Abhishek Singhvi said, "We have been consistent in condemning this brand of devalued politics. Not only is this condemnable, but this infectious divergence must be rooted out collectively by all political parties".
BJP condemned the incident saying, "It is not part of democratic politics".
"We condemn it right away. It is not part of democratic politics. I think police will take action. This kind of shoe throwing goes against the grain of democracy," BJP spokeperson Ravi Shankar Prasad said.