| GEO World|
| Fearing shoe-attack, Modi addresses rally surrounded by a net|
| Updated at: 2223 PST, Tuesday, April 21, 2009|
GUJRAT: After a series of shoe attacks on politicians in the past few days, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi created a stir when he addressed an election rally here surrounded by a protective net.
The authorities are taking extra care to protect Modi, so a protective net was put on the stage to safeguard the Gujarat Chief Minister.
The shoe hurling bug has bit the people after an Iraqi journalist hurled shoe at the former US President George W. Bush.
The first Indian politician to get a taste of ’sole’ was Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram.
Afterwards, a slipper was lobbed at Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) prime ministerial candidate Lal Krishna Advani while he was addressing a public rally.
There was another reported instance of a disgruntled retired teacher who threw his sandal at Congress leader Navin Jindal at an election rally in Kurukshetra.