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Gujarat elections 2017: BJP leader Jetha Solanki may join Congress for ticket

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Gujarat BJP leader Jetha Solanki, who resigned from all the posts in his party on Saturday, is likely to join the Congress soon. Solanki is a Dalit leader and MLA from Kodinar seat in Gir Somnath district. It is said that Solanki will contest the polls from the same seat as the Congress candidate. Solanki was also a parliamentary secretary in Gujarat government and resigned from that post too.Solanki had a meeting in Kodinar with his supporters where he hinted at joining the Congress soon. He said, “I can join the Congress if they give me a ticket. If the BJP does not find me suitable, I would contest from Congress and prove my might.””Congress has contacted me and I could join them.On the other side, BJP is trying to muzzle my voice,” added Solanki.A senior leader of BJP said, “Solanki is very skeptical. He had started suspicious activities one year back. He wrote his resignation six months back also but we convinced him to not to do so.”

Punjab govt reduces security cover of 12 SAD-BJP leaders, 5 MPs

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After directing ministers to shun the VIP culture by removing the red beacon atop vehicles, the Congress-led Punjab government has now cut down security cover of 12 SAD-BJP leaders.Former chief minister Parkash Singh Badal’s son-in-law Adesh Pratap Singh Kairon, who lost his seat from Patti, tops the list after 10 out of 16 guards were withdrawn from his security cover.SAD leader Sikander Singh Malooka, who had 31 guards on duty with him and two security vehicles, will now be guarded by six security personnel. Security cover was also pruned for former agriculture minister Tota Singh who had 21 police personnel on duty and will now have only two gunmen. Both the leaders have been hurtling from one controversy to another and lost their seat in the recently concluded elections.Punjab is among the states with the highest number of VIPs with police protection and the issue was raised ahead of the elections by both the Aam Aadmi Party and Congress. Soon after wresting to power, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh ordered the state police to carry out manpower audit to withdraw police personnel from security.The security cover was also cut down for senior BJP leaders, Chunni Lal Bhagat and former industries minister Madan Mohan Mittal who were not given a ticket to contest the elections. BJP leader and former health minister Surjit Singh Jyani, who had 15 guards, will now avail security of two gunmen only. The government also withdrew 12 out of 16 police personnel from BJP leader Anil Joshi’s security.Former Cabinet ministers in the SAD-BJP-led government who lost the elections, including Daljeet Singh Cheema, Gulzar Singh Ranike, Sohan Singh Thandal, Surjit Singh Rakhra will avail security cover of only two gunmen each.Over 170 security personnel were withdrawn from the 12 SAD-BJP leaders and put on public duty.The security was also pruned for five MPs — AAP MP Bhagwant Mann, SAD MP Prem Singh Chandumajra, Ambika Soni, Chaudhary Santokh Singh, Shwait Malik, and Ranjit Singh Brahmpura. Mann had only six guards out of which two were withdrawn from duty. Each of the five MPs will now have only four gunmen on duty.

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