UTTAR PRADESH (Web Desk) –  Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi escaped a shoe attack today in Uttar Pradesh when he was leading a rally for the upcoming elections in the state.

The shoe missed the Gandhi scion by inches and he looked back at the shoe as it zipped past him. The assailant who was arrested has been identified as Hari Om Mishra, resident of Hargaon, a police official told IANS.

Mishra told policemen that he was angry at the promises being made by Rahul Gandhi during his road shows as he believed the Congress was behind the problems faced by farmers.

Congress leader Jitin Prasada was with Gandhi at the time of the attack. Special Protection Group (SPG) men swung into action and surrounded the Congress leader after the shoe attack.

As a part of his UP poll campaign, Rahul Gandhi is also organising ‘Khat Sabha’ in different parts of the state, apart from rallies.

The aim of Congress VP is to connect with farmers and talk to them about their problems during “khat Sabha”.