Three sets of three Congress MLAs corner govt over three issues

Gandhinagar: The State Opposition party was at its aggressive best on Wednesday when three sets of three Congress MLAs on took the Gujarat Government by the horms over at least three issues.

In one case, three Congress legislators announced fast unto death in support of the protesters of the Lok Rakshak Dal (LRD). The MLAs, Naushad Solanki, Rutvik Makwana and Chandanji Thakor, declared their support to the reserved category candidates. They held the protest at the Satyagrah Chhavni, Gandhinagar.

“The government is not providing justice to women. They are demanding the abolition of the biased circular of the General Administration Department, which excluded better performing candidates from the open merit list. If the government is serious, then it should bring a written document before the candidates,” said Solanki.

He alleged the women are being threatened to conclude their fast for the last two months.

The MLAs have declared fast unto death for 72 hours starting from Wednesday. More than 40 women of the reserved categories are on fast to pressurise the government to withdraw discriminatory circular.

“Though the government has declared withdrawal of the circular, we will continue our fast. We are not going to end our fast till the government gave a written letter and publish it officially,” said Pooja Sagathiya, one of the protesters.

In another case, three tribal Congress MLAs, Anand Chaudhary, Vajesing Panda and Chandrika Bariya, were on the protest site of the Sacha Adivasi Adhikar Bachavo Samiti. For more than two weeks, the Samiti members have been protesting the decision of the tribal commissioner Dilip Kumar Rana to review previously invalidated tribal certificates, citing that it would reinstate non-tribals to jobs meant for their community.

A meeting was also held between some of their leaders with Tribal Development Minister Ganpat Vasava. The minister said, “We have noted their concern and we will think to find a solution for the same.

We have also found 210 fake certificates to get tribal quota.” However, the Samiti will continue to protest till the government actually does something.

Meanwhile, before it could address these issues, upper caste members have launched agitation in Gandhinagar demanding to continue the 2018 General Resolution of reservation.

Three MLAs from Congress party have set on dharna at the Gujarat Urban Development Mission (GUDM) to protest the delay in making pumping station functional in Patan town.

Patan MLA Kirit Patel had last week given three days time to the state government to make the Hansapur pumping station. He had written a letter to the chief minister to intervene and make the pumping station. He had threatened to sit on Dharna in front of Chief Minister’s office.

As the state government did not respond to his complaints and the district authorities did not grant permission to protest in front of CM’s office. Kirit Patel along with Palanpur MLA Mahesh Patela and Tankara’s MLA Lalit Kagathra set on dharna GUDM office in Gandhinagar.

Kirit Patel’s allegation is that a builder’s land is in adjacent to the Hansapur pumping station, to benefit him, the pumping station is not made operational. Some 40,000 residents in surrounding areas are not getting sewage connection and so they are compelled to dig pits for toilets. He has threatened to continue to sit on dharna till their demand is not met by the GUDM.