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September 30, 2001 - September 30, 2001

Gondal legislator, along with 5 others arrested Sunday, September 30, 2001

Source:Times News Network
RAJKOT: The state crime branch and the Rajkot rural police in a joint operation in the wee hours of Saturday arrested Gondal legislator Jairajsinh Jadeja and five others for their alleged role in the murderous attack on noted social worker Govind Desai on September 3.

The arrest of Jadeja has sparked off strong protests in the BJP as the MLA is believed to be close to Chief Minister Keshubhai Patel. The others arrested include chairman of Nagrik bank Jayantibhai Dhol, Hardevsinh Jadeja, Milan Shukla, Raju Mevala and Bhupat Dabhi. Dhol is a close ally of Jadeja.

The police have also intensified search for the two people who actually stabbed Desai. One of them has been identified as Hanif Ismail. Sources said that the two have gone into hiding, however, the police claim that they would be nabbed before Monday.

While Jadeja has been taken to the Jasdan police station, Dhol has been brought to the crime branch at Rajkot and the remaining to the Gondal city police station.

According to the police, the entire operation was completed within one-and-a-half hours, which began at around 5.30 am. The entire operation was a closely guarded secret, as Jadeja and Dhol were said to be close to the chief minister.

It may be noted here that this is the second incident in the region in which a BJP legislator was involved in a murderous attack. Kanti Amrutiya was arrested for his involvement in the murder of BJP leader Prakash Revashia in Morbi almost two years ago.

After the arrests, the dharna staged by Yatish Desai, the son of Govindbhai, was wound up as their demand was fulfilled.

However, the BJP leaders from Saurashtra voiced their support for Jadeja, who was elected from Gondal _ a volatile constituency _ after defeating Mahipatsinh Jadeja (Independent). The entire market yard at Gondal observed a bandh in protest against the arrests of Jadeja and Dhol, who were key players in the yard politics.

The situation in Gondal was tense but under control and the police were keeping a close watch to prevent any untoward incident from taking place.

Most of the BJP leaders in the city have decried the arrest of Jadeja and have termed it as a political move against the young legislator while the Congressmen have welcomed the step and said this had exposed the BJP leaders who were plotting to silence all those who opposed them.

News Source : The Times of India [India's best Newspaper]

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Govt decision of tax-free bond appreciated Sunday, September 30, 2001

Source:Times News Network
AHMEDABAD: Senior BJP leader Ashok Bhatt on Friday hailed the state government's decision to allow the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation to issue tax free bond of Rs 100 crore in the wake of dwindling financial conditions of the civic body.

In a statement, the former state health minister said the BJP legislators from the city had met Chief Minister Keshubhai Patel and pleaded that the corporation should be bailed out from the current financial crisis and all possible help should be granted to AMC so that the civic works are not affected for want of funds.

While expressing gratitude to Patel for the prompt decision taken by the government, Bhatt _ who represents Khadia constituency of the Walled City _ said that Mayor Himmatsinh Patel should see that the amount collected through the bond is used for the augmentation of civic services.

News Source : The Times of India [India's best Newspaper]

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BJP nesting criminals: Amarsinh Sunday, September 30, 2001

AHMEDABAD: Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCC) president Amarsinh Chaudhary said that the people of Gondal have heaved a sigh of relief following the arrest of BJP MLA Jairajsinh Jadeja and his aides.

Reacting to the political arrests on Saturday, which took Saurashtra by storm, Chaudhary said that Congress will extend full support to the people of Saurashtra in their fight against the criminals harboured by the BJP. He also appealed to the police not to side with the criminals of BJP in the last days of the party in power!

Chaudhary alleged that the Keshubhai Patel government had made several failed attempts to shield the MLA and his aides, accused of murdering Govind Desai. "Desai had put up a fight against this criminalisation of politics by BJP that resulted in his murder. Patel and his government tried their best to shield the culprits, but finally the police had to bow down to the public pressure and make the arrests," Chaudhary said.

The GPCC president alleged that BJP was indulging in mass criminalisation of politics. "The case of the BJP government protecting its Chotila candidate, accused in the murder of former president of Morbi municipality Prakash Revashia is widely acknowledged. In Rajkot, Porbandar and Bhavnagar, the elected candidates of BJP are indulging unabated in corrupt activities," Chaudhary alleged.

News Source : The Times of India [India's best Newspaper]

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Police advisory committee meet in Surat Sunday, September 30, 2001

Source:Times News Network
SURAT: The police advisory committee will hold a meeting on Monday at the police commissioner office in Surat, said a press release from the office of state law minister Hemant Chapatwala.

According to the note, those wanting to clear any issue in regard to the city police may make an appeal at the forum. People can come forward with their grievances at minister's office on New Rander Road, it concluded.

News Source : The Times of India [India's best Newspaper]

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BJP, Samata Party bury differences Sunday, September 30, 2001

Source:Times News Network
VADODARA: The Bharatiya Janata Party and the Samata Party in the Vadodara Municipal Corporation dumped their differences at the last moment to strike an alliance for election to the vacant posts in the standing committee. The proposal of a panel of six corporators for the committee by the alliance passed smoothly after a vote in the general body meeting on Saturday.

The board meeting on Saturday began at a stormy note with the Congress councillors alleging that Bharati Vyas had acted in an unfair manner by accepting BJP's proposal, which had at the beginning of the meeting the only proposal to be received was that of the inclusion of six Congress members in the standing committee.

According to Congress councillor Chirag Jhaveri, "The BJP proposal had arrived late after the mayor had announced that she had received only one proposal which was ours. However, later she went on to include the BJP proposal."

Congress members have said that they may take the issue to court. "We will wait for the minutes of the meeting which will be circulated before the next general board. If it mentions that two proposals were received, we will seek legal advise," said senior Congress leader Anuj Patel.

The BJP, which had severed ties with the Samata since the requisition meeting called a few months ago, ditched Nisarhussian Saiyed of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and Independent Dilip Kothari for proving majority in the House. The two councillors had supported the BJP when the Opposition and the Samata Party called a requisition meeting to reprimand the administration.

News Source : The Times of India [India's best Newspaper]

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