The Sardar Patel Hospital, in a quick rebuttal by its trustee Jayesh Patel, rejected the allegation via a press note and said: "Deliberate attempts were being made by certain quarters to tarnish the image of the hospital and that of Congress leader Ahmed Patel". "Congress has a history of favouring anti-national elements", Naqvi said, adding that "this matter is of national security and we want Rahul and Sonia Gandhi to give answer".
Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani on Friday alleged that one of the two suspected ISIS terrorists arrested by Gujarat ATS, earlier worked in Bharuch's Sardar Patel Hospital of which Ahmed Patel was a trustee.
Stepping up its attack on the Congress, Union Minister for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Saturday demanded clarification from Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi over the allegations that Rajya Sabha MP Ahmed Patel had links with two arrested terrorists in Gujarat.
"The BJP is staring at defeat in Gujarat and that is why they are rattled and making such baseless allegations against Congress leaders".
Congress also accused BJP president of political vendetta to settle scores as he took Patel's Rajya Sabha election victory as "personal insult".
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While Mirza was a practicing lawyer at the Surat district court, Stimberwala worked as a technician at the Ankleshwar hospital. "They also don't hold any office of profit in the hospital", said Surjewala. "The allegations put forward by BJP are completely baseless". "Let's not divide peace loving Gujaratis while fighting terrorism".
"After few days people will used to say "Congress ka hath Atank ke sath" like they used to say earlier "Congress ka haat corruption ke sath". Patel went on to clarify that Ahmed Patel or any member of his hospital was not directly involved with the operations of the hospital but had only contributed towards setting up of modern health facilities for the people of the district.
While Hardik did not clarify what he meant by the "Amit Shah situation" the Patidar leader seemed to be referring to recent raucous rallies in Surat and Karamsad, where the BJP chief had his speech disrupted by agitating Patel youngsters.
However, the Congress turned the tables on the BJP by reminding the 1999 Kandahar plane hijack episode when Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led NDA government released Jaish-e-Mohammad's chief Maulana Masood Azhar and others in Afghanistan.