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FIR registered against Hardik Patel for holding roadshow in Gujarat without permission

An FIR was registered on Wednesday against Patidar quota agitation spearhead Hardik Patel and around 50 of his supporters for holding a roadshow on the city outskirts on December 11 without permission, police said.The Ahmedabad Police registered the case in connection with the roadshow held in Bopal area.”Hardik, who heads the Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS), and his supporters were booked under IPC section 188 for disobeying the police order,” Bopal Police Inspector I H Gohil said.Hardik and his supporters, who were on their bikes, had organised a roadshow on December 11, despite being denied permission by the district authorities, he said.”Today, we have lodged an FIR against him and 50 other bikers for disobeying the police notification,” Gohil said.This is the first FIR against Hardik after the state Assembly elections.Three days before the second phase of Gujarat Assembly polls, the rally-cum-roadshow on motorcycles and cars was organised, which started from Bopal and culminated at Nikol area on the other end of the city, covering a distance of around 15 km.While Bopal area falls under the jurisdiction of rural police, Nikol area is under the city police limits.After the roadshow, Police Commissioner A K Singh had expressed displeasure over Patel’s move and said that legal action would be taken for holding the event without permission.Singh had denied permission to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress chief Rahul Gandhi to hold roadshows in the city during the campaign which the leaders of the two parties had obeyed.

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Gujarat elections 2017: Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani wins as an independent in Vadgam

Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani won Vadgam with a margin of 19,696 votes. With the victory, Mevani, became the first independent to win the seat in the last nine elections.Mevani, an outsider (he is a resident of Ahmedabad) contested as an independent but with the backing of Congress. The party had not fielded a candidate against Mevani, who won 95,497 votes against the BJP’s 75,801.Interestingly, the third highest votes were polled for NOTA in Vadgam. NOTA got 4,255 votes.The seat is dominated by Dalits and Muslims and was considered a safe seat for the Congress although many also doubted if Mevani’s outsider tag would work against him.Mevani’s victory margin is, however, less than what the Congress candidate had managed in 2012. In that election Congress won with a victory margin of 21,839.The BJP’s Yogi Adityanath and Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani had campaigned for the BJP in Vadgam.It should be noted that Mevani had on the last day of filing nomination announced his candidature as an independent from Vadgam seat. Till then, he had maintained that he would not take political plunge nor would he join any party. He had also met Congress president Rahul Gandhi during his visit to the state, pressing for the demands of Dalits. It is believed that the agreement to contest Vadgam with backing from the party was reached in that meeting. The Gandhi scion had also campaigned for Mevani in Vadgam and so had Congress leader Shaktisinh Gohil. In fact, Mevani was helped by the Congress machinery during his poll campaign.

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Gujarat Elections 2017 | In Mandvi, it’s Shaktisinh Gohil against Virendrasinh Jadeja

One of the Congress’s most prominent faces in Gujarat, Shaktisinh Gohil, is taking on BJP’s Virendrasinh Jadeja from Mandvi seat in Kutch. Both belong to the Kshatriya community, which has a sizeable presence in the constituency.Gohil, one of the few suave faces in Gujarat Congress, had lost in the 2012 elections against Koli strongman Purushottam Solanki from Bhavnagar Rural seat, but was re-elected to the Assembly from Abdasa in 2014, albeit with a margin of just over 750 votes.However, instead of contesting again from Abdasa, Gohil is in the fray from the adjacent Mandvi constituency, which BJP’s Tarachand Chheda had won in the previous elections. BJP has dropped Chheda, and fielded Jadeja from the seat. There are a significant number of minority voters in Mandvi, in addition to Dalits as well as Patidars, who give an advantage to Congress.Gohil is focusing his campaign mainly on issues related to Kutch, such as lack of development in the area, delay in completion of Narmada canal network, failure to create enough jobs, among others.While the BJP has dismissed Gohil as an outsider, he responds by saying it was in his destiny to contest from Mandvi, “so that I can clear some past dues of Kutch”. His rival and BJP candidate Virendrasinh Jadeja is relatively lesser known face, and he faces a big challenge in the contest against Gohil. ConstituencyMandviPrevious Results2002: Cong2007: BJP2012: BJP (Tarachand Chheda dropped)Total Voters2,24,902Male1,16,476Female1,08,426
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Gujarat Elections 2017: Congress releases first list of candidates

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After much delay, Congress finally on Sunday night released its first list of 77 candidates for the upcoming Gujarat elections. Among senior leaders, Shaktisinh Gohil and Arjun Modhwadia have been given tickets. The election is to be held in two phases on December 9 and 14, and it’s result will be announced on December 18The first list was announced hours after a fruitful meeting between Congress and PAAS leaders. The leaders said that they have reached an agreement over the issue of granting reservation to Patels, if the Congress is voted to power in the state Assembly election.The official announcement about the nitty-gritty of the reservation formula and the PAAS’ stand on supporting the Congress during the Gujarat polls will be announced by Hardik Patel at a public gathering in Rajkot on Monday PAAS convener Dinesh Bambhania said after the crucial meeting on the issue. Hardik Patel was not present in the meeting.”Earlier, we had asked the Congress to clarify how they would grant Patidars a constitutionally valid reservation. Today, we held a crucial meeting on that issue and finally reached a consensus on various options offered by the party to us. Official announcement of this agreement will be made by Hardik tomorrow in Rajkot,” said Bambhania, a key aide of Hardik Patel.Here’s the full list: ASSEMBLY ELECTIONS – 2017 G U J A R A T The CEC of Congress has selected the following candidates for the forthcoming first phase of elections to the Legislative Assembly of Gujarat Sl. No. No & Name of Constituency Selected Candidates 1 2 Mandvi Shaktisinh Gohil 2 4 Anjar V.K. Humbal 3 5 Gandhidham – SC Kishorbhai G. Pingol 4 60 Dasada – SC Naushadji B Solanki 5 61 Limbdi Somabhai G. Patel 6 62 Wadhwan Mohanbhai D. Patel 7 63 Chotila Rutvikkumar L Makwana 8 64 Dhrangadhra Purushottambhai Sabariya 9 65 Morbi Brijesh A. Merja 10 66 Tankara Lalit K. Kagathara 11 67 Wankaner Mohammad Javed Pirzada 12 69 Rajkot West Indranil Rajyaguru 13 71 Rajkot Rural – SC Vashram A. Sangathia 14 72 Jasdan Kunvarji M. Bavaliya 15 73 Gondal Arjun Khataria 16 74 Jetpur Ravi Ambaliya 17 75 Dhoraji Lalit Vasoya 18 76 Kalavad – SC Pravinbhai N. Muchhadiya 19 77 Jamnagar Rural Vallabh Dharadiya 20 80 Jamjodhpur Chiragbhai R. Kalariya 21 83 Porbandar Arjunbhai Modhvadiya 22 84 Kutiyana Vejabhai L Modedara 23 85 Manavadar Jawahar Chavda 24 86 Junagadh Amit Thummar 25 87 Visavadar Harshadbhai Ribadiya 26 88 Keshod Jayeshkumar V. Ladani 27 89 Mangrol Babubhai K. Vaja 28 90 Somnath Vimalbhai K. Chudasma 29 91 Talala Bhagwanbhai D. Barad 30 92 Kodinar – SC Mohanbhai M. Vala 31 93 Una Punjabhai Vansh 32 94 Dhari J.V. Kakadiya 33 95 Amreli Pareshbhai Dhanani 34 96 Lathi Virjibhai Thummar 35 97 Savarkundla Pratap Dhuddhat 36 98 Rajula Amrish J. Der 37 99 Mahuva Vijaybhai Baraiya 38 100 Talaja Kanubhai M. Baraiya 39 101 Gariadhar P.M. Kheni 40 102 Palitana Pravinbhai J. Rathod 41 103 Bhavnagar Rural Kantibhai Chauhan 42 104 Bhavnagar East Ms. Nitaben B. Rathod 43 105 Bhavnagar West Dilipsinh A. Gohil 44 106 Gadhada – SC Praveen Maru 45 107 Botad Manhar Patel 46 148 Nandod – ST Premsinh D. Vasava 47 150 Jambusar Sanjaybhai J. Solanki 48 151 Vagra Suleman Patel 49 153 Bharuch Kiran Thakor 50 154 Ankleshwar Anil Bhagat 51 155 Olpad Yogendrasinh C. Bakrola 52 157 Mandvi – ST Anandbhai Chaudhari 53 158 Kamrej Nilesh Kumbani 54 159 Surat East Nitin Bharucha 55 160 Surat North Dinesh M. Kacchadiya 56 161 Varachha Road Prafulbhai C. Togadiya 57 162 Karanj Bhavesh G. Bhumbhliya 58 163 Limbayat Ravindra Patil 59 164 Udhna Satish Patel 60 165 Majura Ashokbhai M. Kothari 61 166 Katargam Jignesh Mewasa 62 167 Surat West Iqbalbhai D. Patel 63 168 Choryasi Yogeshbhai B. Patel 64 169 Bardoli – SC Tarunkumar J. Vaghela 65 170 Mahuva – ST Dr. Tusharbhai Chaudhary 66 171 Vyara – ST Punabhai D. Gamit 67 172 Nizar – ST Sunil Gamit 68 173 Dangs – ST Mangalbhai G. Gavit 69 174 Jalalpore Parimal N. Patel 70 175 Navsari Smt. Bhavnaben Patel 71 176 Gandevi – ST Sureshbhai Halpati 72 177 Bansda – ST Anantkumar H. Patel 73 178 Dharampur – ST Ishwarbhai D. Patel 74 179 Valsad Narendra J. Tandel 75 180 Pardi Bharatbhai M. Patel 76 181 Kaprada – ST Jitubhai H. Chaudhary 77 182 Umbargaon – ST Ashokbhai M. Patel ( Oscar Fernandes ) Incharge CEC 19th November, 2017 With PTI inputs

Gujarat Election 2017 | This isn’t a contest between Rahul and Modi: Shaktisinh Gohil

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Senior Congress leader Shaktisinh Gohil has said that the Gujarat Assembly elections are not a contest between his party’s vice-president Rahul Gandhi and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.”It’s a state election and will be contested on local issues. Rahulji is a national leader. He is visiting Gujarat to help and guide us which will benefit us tremendously but the election will not be about him versus Narendra Modi or anyone else,” Gohil told DNA.Modi has visited Gujarat about a dozen times this year, including five times in the past two months. He is also expected to address about 30-odd rallies in the run-up to the polls and is the party’s de facto face.As far as Rahul is concerned, he has visited the western state four times in the past two months, including four days in Saurashtra and three in central Gujarat. He arrives in the state on Sunday for a three-day visit to south Gujarat and will soon travel to the north for two or three days. He is also likely to campaign extensively during the polls.Gohil said that Rahul’s tours in Gujarat have boosted his image. “Rahulji’s image was maligned on social media but when people meet him they realise that he speaks what he believes in and does what he says. This is the characteristic of a true leader,” the Congress MLA said.Though the absence of a popular local face has been one of the key reasons for Congress’s loss in all Assembly elections in the state since 1995, Gohil ruled out plans to project an individual as its face in the upcoming polls.”This is our tradition. We contest as a team, and as per democratic conventions, a leader is chosen based on views of the party MLAs. For us, who sits on the chair is not important. It is more important that someone from our party occupies it. This is the mindset with which we are going to fight,” he said.Asked about the issues the Congress’s campaign will focus on, he said that his party would talk about the rising cost of education, inadequate electricity supply to farmers, the government’s failure to provide homes to all, rising unemployment, and the incomplete Narmada canal works. “BJP has been in power in Gujarat for 22 years and has failed miserably on all counts except in marketing. But we will not just dwell on BJP’s failures, we will offer solutions to people,” Gohil added.

Sex tape bomb hits Patidar leader Hardik Patel

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a development that could change the course of the Patidar reservation agitation, and also impact the election battle, a sex video, allegedly showing stir leader Hardik Patel in a compromising position with a woman, surfaced on Monday. Hardik, who expressed apprehensions a few days ago that his opponents could release a sex tape to defame him, denied being the male in the video, and accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of being behind it.DNA can’t independently vouch for the authenticity of the 10-minute video which went viral within minutes of surfacing on Monday afternoon. The video, which was also uploaded on YouTube but was subsequently taken down, shows a male bearing close resemblance to Hardik sharing private moments with a female in a hotel room. The video is allegedly from the evening of May 16.Incidentally, Hardik was attending the core committee meeting of Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) when the video surfaced.”I have said earlier too that such allegations are going to be made (ahead of polls). Our core committee was meeting to decide on Congress’s proposals offering reservation to Patidars. This is election time. Our agitation is going strong. Winds of changes are sweeping Gujarat, and such allegations will be made,” Hardik told reporters.He alleged that the video was made in Bangkok, and vowed to take necessary legal steps. Dismissing the tape as a political stunt, the Patidar quota stir leader warned that BJP members will make even worse attempts to defame him going ahead. However, the BJP distanced itself from the sex tape, saying it has nothing to do with it.BJP leader and Union Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said that PAAS member Ashvin Sakalsariya had released the tape, and “BJP is not linked to it in any way”.Mandaviya described Congress leader Shaktisinh Gohil’s comment that Hardik had Sardar’s DNA as Sardar Patel’s insult.Coming out in Hardik’s support, Gohil also said that the state government had put Hardik behind the bars, but he refused to toe the BJP’s line, and hence the party is trying to pin him down. He compared the tape to that of former BJP leader Sanjay Joshi’s fake sex CD which had surfaced a few years ago.With just a month to go for the elections, the sex tape can hurt Hardik, who has emerged as the face of the Patel community. While he has not yet publicly announced support for the Congress, he has done so tacitly by calling for BJP’s defeat.NO ROLE, SAYS BJPThe BJP has distanced itself from the sex tape, saying it has nothing to do with it.
BJP leader and Union Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said PAAS member Ashvin Sakalsariya had released the tape.
“BJP is not linked to it in any way,” the Union Minister said.

BJP’s Koli leader Parsottam Solanki plans shift to Talaja

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Gujarat BJP’s face for the Koli community and Minister of State for Fisheries in the Gujarat government Parsottam Solanki is planning to change his seat from Bhavnagar rural to Talaja for the upcoming polls. The reason behind this is the fear of ire among the Patel and Karadia communities that prevailed among the voters in the area. As compared to Bhavnagar Rural that has equal share of voters from the Rajput community, Talaja is a safer seat as the Koli (fisherman) community has greater dominance here.A source from the party said, “Solanki, due to bad health, remained totally inactive as a representative of Bhavnagar Rural. Moreover, he did not make any impression as a minister as he avoided the Secretariat on health grounds. Now, people here want a candidate who is active and can work. It is possible that the party may field a new face from the Rajput community keeping the caste combination in mind.”Solanki has been helpful to the BJP in attracting Koli votes across Saurashtra region. The community has dominance over 20 seats in the region and the entire community and BJP has been winning them by huge margins. He was among the 40 star campaigners of the BJP in the last Gujarat Assembly polls held in 2012.Solanki’s opponent and senior Congress leader Shaktisinh Gohil also does not wish to contest polls from the seat. In fact, Gohil, who lost to Solanki in 2012 polls, won from Abdasa seat of Kutch in the bypolls of 2014. Gohil now wishes to challenge Gujarat BJP chief Jitu Vaghani in Bhavnagar West in the upcoming polls.Sources from the Congress said, “Shaktisinh is not willing to contest from the same seat he contested in 2012. He wishes to contest polls from Bhavnagar (west) rather, because the seat has a combination of Patel and Karadia community and that is totally against Jitu Vaghani. If not, Gohil will contest polls from the Mandvi seat in Kutch.”KAVADIYA SAYS WILL CONTEST POLLSDays after he informed the BJP that he did not wish to contest the polls, Jayanti Kavadiya, minister of state for rural development and panchayat, said he is now ready for the fray, but from a different constituency.
Kavadiya is an MLA from Dhrangadhra-Halwad constituency, the region where the Patel agitation has had a great impact. The Patel community had also held protests against Kavadiya, indicating that he was up against a rising force.
Kavadiya has now wished to contest the polls from different seat and not from Dhrangadhra. “He may be eyeing at Wadhwan seat that is safer because of urban population and lesser dominance of Patel,” said a source.

Gujarat ranks 2nd in crimes under Atrocities Act

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>When Piyush Parmar, 24, a youth from Limbodara village in Kalol taluka was assaulted by members of the dominant caste, little did he realise that he was part of a larger crime data in Gujarat that reflected how Dalits are at the receiving end of violence.For, Gujarat ranks second in the country (next only to Bihar) among 29 states in crime rate registered under sections of the Atrocities Act where the victims are grievously hurt.The rate of crime refers to incidence of crime reported per one lakh of Schedule Castes (SC) population.According to statistics available with the National Crime Records Bureau for crimes committed against Schedule Caste during 2015, 40 incidents were reported in 2015 which led to the victims (in this case Dalits) being grievously hurt. The number seems minuscule, compared to Bihar (216), Uttar Pradesh (366), Odisha (75) and Madhya Pradesh (68).But, that is until you start comparing the crime rate for incidences in which Dalits were grievously hurt. The crime rate for Gujarat under the category is highest at 1, second only to Bihar which has a crime rate of 1.3. Gujarat has an SC population of 40.7 lakh against Bihar’s 165.7 lakh.James Dabhi, research director at the Human Development and Research Centre at St Xavier’s College Campus in Ahmedabad has an interesting explanation. He said Dalits in Gujarat were more aware of their rights and the Atrocities Act than say Bihar or Uttar Pradesh. “This means, they are more likely to protest against an injustice, although it doesn’t always mean that their complaints will be taken or heard. But the mere fact that they are more likely to raise their voice would mean they are more likely to be targeted for violence,” said Dabhi. This he said could be one reason why the crime rate for sections of the Atrocities Act in which the victim is grievously hurt is so high.Agrees. GV Gohil, ACP, SC/ST Cell in Ahmedabad said the figures are a reflection of better reporting of atrocities. “People are more aware of their rights and are coming forward to register complaints. It is not that the instances have seen a sudden spike. The figures are a reflection of better awareness among people about their rights,” said Gohil.Dabhi’s explanation may also hold true for another interesting statistic about Gujarat as far as crimes registered under the Atrocities Act is concerned.The crime rate for Gujarat under the riot category for cases under the Atrocities Act is second only to Maharashtra for the 2015. Data shows that Gujarat recorded 73 instances of riots under the Atrocities Act, which had 95 victims making the state’s crime rate for the category 1.8. This is second only to Maharashtra which has a crime rate of 2 for 270 riot cases and 365 victims. The all India rate for the category is 0.7.But those like Dabhi don’t believe that the statistics reveal the true picture. “In rural areas discrimination against Dalits is a daily practice that is accepted as a way of life and the statistics that NCRB collects don’t take into consideration the many cases that are either not reported or are not registered by the police,” said Dabhi.Jignesh Mewani, who led an agitation of Dalits in the state after the Una incident, said the statistics about atrocities against Dalits are an eyewash. “You may think more cases are being reported and hence the rate is on the rise. But the devil is in the detail. Why don’t you analyse the conviction rate in atrocity cases and that will show you the true picture,” said Mewani.He said the conviction rate for atrocity cases in Gujarat is less than 3%. “What is the point of registering case after case if it is not leading to any conviction? Dalits may be hurt, maimed or killed but are the perpetrators getting punished? No, and that shows how well the police investigate the cases and how well the system works to give Dalit’s justice,” Mewani said.

BJP govt is responsible for delaying Narmada project, alleges Congress

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Narmada project is going to be one of the major issues in the upcoming assembly elections. While the BJP government has embarked on a Narmada Yatra since September 6 to celebrate the Centre’s nod to close the dam’s gates, the Congress blamed the successive BJP government for delaying the project completion.Addressing media-persons, senior Congress MLA Shaktisinh Gohil said that environmental approval for Narmada project was received in June 1987, and BJP has been in power in Gujarat for 22 out of 30 years.“Congress was in power in the state only for seven years, and BJP is ruling since 1995. Majority of the work related to Narmada project was completed during the years that our party was in power. More than 43,000 km out of the total 90,000 km Narmada canal network is still unfinished due to BJP government’s failure,” Gohil said.It was in June 2014 that the Narmada Control Authority gave nod to install gates which would increase the dam’s height to 138 metre. The nod to close the gates came in June, with the BJP claiming it was because of Modi, and Congress alleging that the claim was made for upcoming polls.Gohil also claimed that the state gains nothing by either increasing the dam’s height or closure of gates.Gujarat Congress president Bharatsinh Solanki said that Congress would give top priority to Narmada canal work when it came to power.Rejecting Gohil’s claims, state revenue minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama said that the height of the Narmada dam has gone up from 80.3 metre in 1995 to 138 metre now under the BJP rule.Chudasama also said that the state had to suffer the loss of over Rs 30,000 crore due to the unpardonable delay of UPA government in approving the installation of gates on the dam. He added that canal network of nearly 50,000 km has been completed so far.

RS polls: Guj HC notices to EC, Ahmed Patel on Rajput’s plea

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Gujarat High Court today issued notices to the Election Commission and Congress leader Ahmed Patel on a petition filed by BJP candidate Balwantsinh Rajput challenging the EC’s decision to invalidate the votes of two rebel Congress MLAs in Rajya Sabha polls. Justice Bela Trivedi issued notices to the EC, Patel and also the two other candidates – BJP president Amit Shah and Union minister Smriti Irani. The notices are returnable on September 21. Rajput, the BJP candidate who lost the Rajya Sabha poll from Gujarat, had moved the court against the EC’s decision to invalidate the votes of two rebel Congress MLAs. He had quit the Congress ahead of the August 8 polls. Rajput contended that the votes of two other Congress MLAs should also be discounted as they too had shown their ballot papers to unauthorised persons, and he be declared the winner. The EC’s decision paved the way for the victory of Congress candidate Patel — who got 44 votes, the minimum he needed to win — in the high-stakes electoral battle. Rajput polled 38 votes. Rajput’s petition said that once the returning officer had used his discretion to accept the two votes as valid, the EC had “no power to issue any direction to the returning officer for accepting or rejecting any vote”. The EC had invalidated the votes of former Congress MLAs Raghavji Patel and Bholabhai Gohel. Congress’ polling agent Shaktisinh Gohil had lodged a complaint before the counting began, saying the two MLAs showed their ballots to BJP representatives before putting them in the ballot box. The MLAs are not allowed to show their ballots to anybody other than the authorised polling agent of their party, Gohil said. Both these MLAs voted for Rajput instead of voting for Ahmed Patel. However, as the votes were held invalid, Patel was declared the winner (along with BJP’s Amit Shah and Union minister Smriti Irani). Had Patel got less than 44 votes, Rajput could have won with second preference votes from the BJP. Rajput urged in his petition that the EC’s order be set aside, as it was “patently illegal”. Once the returning officer had exercised his discretion of accepting these two votes as valid, the EC had no power to hear any appeal against the order. The only remedy the aggrieved party had was to move a court, it said. Rajput also alleged that Patel won because of “corrupt” practices. Two other MLAs of Congress had also shown their ballots to unauthorised persons, and these two votes, which went to Patel, must also be held invalid, the petition said. If these two votes were rejected, Rajput would get more votes, and hence he should be declared as elected to the Rajya Sabha in place of Patel, it said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Shaktisinh displeased Vaghela to appease Patel: Bharat Pandya

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Gujarat BJP has taken a dig at Congress senior MLA and national spokesperson Shaktisinh Gohil for his role in Rajya Sabha polls. BJP spokesperson Bharat Pandya said that Gohil displeased a leader of the masses like Shankersinh Vaghela to appease Ahmed Patel while addressing a press conference in Ahmedabad on Thursday.Pandya said, “Congress has always had a culture to appease leaders in the top, may they be from the Nehru-Gandhi family or their close confidantes. Gohil has also done the same and displeased a leader like Shankersinh Vaghela to appease Ahmed Patel. Congress will have to pay a huge price in the near future for Vaghela’s displeasure.”Gohil was Ahmed Patel’s polling agent and had raised an objection against the votes of Raghavji Patel and Bhola Gohil for showing the ballot paper to BJP leaders. The objection was upheld by the Election Commission and both votes were cancelled.He also said that Congress MLAs from different communities like Rajput, OBC, SC and ST have defected from the party as they were not satisfied with the leadership. They had to leave Congress as the leaders did not respect them, he said.”Congress lost 14 of its MLAs and that is almost 25% of their total strength in the Gujarat Assembly. This shows that Congress is broken. They are talking of Navsarjan (reconciliation), but they are leading towards Visarjan (dissolution). They are not considering the people’s mandate and are instead following the path shown by members of Nehru-Gandhi family,” added Pandya.The BJP spokesperson also alleged that Gohil had threatened and admonished Raghavji Patel and Bhola Gohil when they went to show him their ballot papers. Pandya further added that Gohil also tried to the snatch ballot paper from their hands, but failed. This was a part of Gohil’s and Congress’ pre-planned conspiracy, Pandya alleged.

Guj RS polls: Cong’s Patel wins pipping BJP nominee at post

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Congress candidate Ahmed Patel today beat the BJP nominee in a bitterly fought Rajya Sabha election in Gujarat after late night dramatic developments saw the Election Commission reject the votes of two dissident MLAs of the main opposition party for violating electoral rules. Patel, political secretary to Congress president Sonia Gandhi beat Balwantsinh Rajput, till recently the party’s chief whip in the state Assembly before defecting to BJP, polling 44 votes, in the first RS polls in Gujarat in two decades which saw a contest instead of official candidates of major parties getting elected unopposed. Rajput secured 38 votes. BJP chief Amit Shah made his maiden entry into the house of elders and so did party nominee and Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani, clinching 46 votes each, an EC official said. “This is not just my victory. It is a defeat of the most blatant use of money power, muscle power and abuse of state machinery,” Patel, who secured a fifth Rajya Sabha term after the tough electoral fight, tweeted after his victory. “I am happy and I thank my party leadership, my MLAs, party’s rank and file who worked like a family. It was a tough election which we won,” he said. A defeat for Patel, apart from being seen as a personal setback to Sonia, would have left Congress rank and file hugely demoralised in a state where Assembly elections are to take place later this year. The EC’s decision to cancel the votes of two Congress MLAs brought down the requirement for an outright victory for a candidate to 44 from 45. Ahmed Patel secured 44, but would have won with even lesser number of votes given the fact that Rajput could clinch only 38. Chief Minister Vijay Rupani said BJP would legally challenge the EC’s decision rejecting the votes of two Congress MLAs who had backed his party. Before counting was taken up following the Election Commission’s order rejecting the votes cast by Bholabhai Gohil and Raghavjibhai Patel for allegedly showing their ballots to Amit Shah in violation of rules, a high-voltage drama unfolded at Nirvachan Sadan, the poll panel’s headquarters in New Delhi. TV footages, however, showed that Patel displayed his ballot to an unidentified person present in the voting hall. Congress’ media in-charge Randeep Surjewala and spokesman Shaktisinh Gohil had earlier claimed the two disgruntled MLAs had shown their ballots to Shah. The poll panel passed the order after viewing the video recording of the voting process, saying the two electors had “violated the voting procedure and secrecy of ballots.” The usually quiet polls for the upper chamber of Parliament turned acrimonious and chaotic after the Congress approached the Election Commission demanding cancellation of the votes of Gohil and Patel for having shown the ballots to people other than the party’s authorised representatives. Three delegations each of the Congress and BJP made a dash for ‘Nirvachan Sadan’ within a span of two hours, with the former demanding that the votes of Gohil and Patel be declared invalid, and the latter insisting that counting be taken up “immediately”. The poll panel, finally, accepted the Congress’s contention and asked the returning officer to reject the votes of its two MLAs and proceed with counting. That the contest for three Rajya Sabha seats would go down to the wire had become clear the very day when Balwantsinh Rajput, the Congress chief whip in the state Assembly until a few days ago, defected to the BJP and was fielded to take on Ahmed Patel, the high-profile political secretary to Congress president Sonia Gandhi. According to the rules, voters for the Rajya Sabha elections have to show their ballots to authorised representative of their respective parties before casting them. Terming Congress’ objections as “baseless”, a delegation of BJP leaders, including Union ministers Arun Jaitley, Ravi Shankar Prasad and Piyush Goyal, approached the EC demanding immediate counting of votes, contending that validity of votes once put in ballot boxes cannot be questioned. Prasad said the Congress was acting out of fear of losing the poll, in which its senior leader Ahmed Patel is locked in a tight fight with a Congress rebel fielded by the BJP. The BJP fancied its chances of getting a third candidate elected as, apart from Rajput, five other Congress MLAs had resigned with two joining the BJP with him, bringing down the Congress’s strength in the 282-member House to 51 from 57. It hoped to make further inroads into the Congress’ diminished flock of MLAs, which it did. However, that was not enough to ensure Rajput’s victory.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Gujarat RS polls: Cong-BJP rush to EC thrice, Ahmed Patel’s fate hangs in the balance

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>High drama was enacted at the Election Commission tonight over the delay in start of counting for the Gujarat Rajya Sabha elections after Congress approached the poll panel demanding cancellation of votes of its two MLAs for showing the ballots to BJP chief Amit Shah.Three delegations each of the Congress and BJP made a dash for ‘Nirvachan Sadan’ within a span of two hours, with the former demanding that the votes of its MLAs Bholabhai Gohil and Raghavjibhai Patel be declared invalid, and the latter insisting that counting be taken up “immediately”.Congress was the first to move the Election Commission demanding cancellation of votes of its two disgruntled MLAs for allegedly showing their votes to persons other than the authorised party representatives.Congress leaders Randeep Surjewala and RPN Singh also produced a video of the poll proceedings to the commission and demanded that votes of Bholabhai Gohil and Raghavjibhai Patel be cancelled as per law since they violated the “secrecy of ballot”.According to the rules, voters for the Rajya Sabha elections have to show their ballots to authorised representative of their respective parties before casting them.
ALSO READ ‘No chance of Congress winning the seat’: Shankersinh Vaghela says didn’t vote for Ahmed PatelTerming Congress’ objections as “baseless”, a delegation of BJP leaders, including Union ministers Arun Jaitley, Ravi Shankar Prasad and Piyush Goyal, approached the EC demanding immediate counting of votes, contending that validity of votes once put in ballot boxes cannot be questioned.Goyal told reporters after meeting EC officials that the decision of presiding officers is final.
ALSO READ RS polls: EC to decide Cong’s demand to invalidate 2 votes, says Gujarat Deputy CM Nitin PatelIf neither they nor election observers objected to it when votes were cast, then their validity cannot be questioned now, he said, and demanded that “the counting of votes be done immediately and results declared”.Prasad said the Congress was acting out of fear of losing the poll, in which its senior leader Ahmed Patel is locked in a tight fight with a Congress rebel fielded by the BJP.Immediately, after the visit of the high-profile BJP team, Congress heavyweight P Chidambaram led another delegation to the EC.After the meeting, Chidambarm told reporters,”If the BJP is so confident of winning the election then it must abide by the law. And the law is very clear. If the ballot is seen by a person other than the authorised person then it is liable to be rejected. BJP was beneficiary of this law on June 11, 2016.How was law changed in one year. These two ballot papers must be rejected.”He was apparently referring to the Rajya Sabha election in Haryana in which BJP-backed independent candidate Subhash Chandra had defeated Congress-supported candidate R K Anand after votes of several MLAs were declared invalid.Objecting to Congress’ contention, BJP leaders also paid a second visit to the commission and insisted on their demand for immediate counting of the votes.Election is over and the situation of confusion should end, Prasad said, adding that Congress is “crumbling” and its people are leaving the party.”The votes cast by these two MLAs are required to be cancelled for the reason of voting procedure violation,” Congress said in its memorandum to the Commission.Surjewala alleged that the two legislators, instead of showing their ballots to party’s election agent, displayed it to BJP president Amit Shah and Union Minister Smriti Irani, which he said, “should not be accepted”.The BJP has nominated Shah and Irani for two Rajya Sabha seats from the state and they would sail through. Congress chief Sonia Gandhi’s political secretary Ahmed Patel is pitted against the saffron party’s Balwantsinh Rajput for the third seat.It has become a high-stakes battle for Congress, thanks to infighting and resignations, with the BJP fancying its prospects to win the third seat also, defeating Patel, who is seeking a fifth RS term.The Congress, alleging that its MLAs were being poached by the BJP, had packed off 44 of them to a Bengaluru resort to keep their flock together.

RS polls: EC to decide Cong’s demand to invalidate 2 votes,

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Election Commission will take a call on the Congress’s demand for invalidating votes of two of its MLAs who claimed to have voted for BJP nominees in the Rajya Sabha election in Gujarat today, Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel said. He also alleged that the Congress was raising “non- issues” as the opposition party has “sensed defeat” Counting of votes for the three Rajya Sabha seats, which was supposed to start at 5 pm, was held up after the Congress demanded that the poll panel invalidate the votes of Raghavji Patel and Bhola Gohil who belonged to the Shankersinh Vaghela camp. BJP president Amit Shah, Union minister Smriti Irani, Congress defector Balwantsinh Rajput and Congress stalwart Ahmed Patel, the political secretary to party president Sonia Gandhi, are in the fray for the three seats. While victories of Shah, who is making his debut in Parliament, and Irani looked certain given the numerical strength of BJP MLAs, the contest appeared close for Patel due to defections of six Congress MLAs and cross-voting. Earlier in the day, the Congress demanded Patel and Gohil’s votes be quashed as they “showed” their ballots to the party’s authorised agent as well as to the BJP’s agent. Patel and Gohil showed their ballots to the Congress agent Shaktisinh Gehlot and to the BJP agent, thus their votes have become invalid, senior leader Shaktisinh Gohil had said. Meanwhile, Nitin Patel said the Election Officer had set aside the objections raised by the Congress about the two MLAs violating the rules. “However, after the Congress insisted that the Election Commission should take up their complaint, a report regarding this has been sent to the poll panel which is likely to take its decision. “A total of 176 votes have been cast. Only counting of votes is remaining which will take nearly one hour to complete once it resumes. Due to the objections raised by the Congress, counting is not started. As the Congress member (Ahmed Patel) is set to lose, the party is now trying to delay the counting of votes,” he said. Shaktisinh Gohil had said counting of votes cannot start until the presiding officer takes action on the objection raised by the Congress. However, the deputy chief minister said, “We believe that result will come from Election Commission and counting will begin in short time… All the three members of the BJP will win. As the Congress has sensed defeat, it is raising unnecessary objections.” Ahmed Patel is tightly placed as he requires 45 votes to win in a situation where several members of his party have either defected to the ruling BJP or cross-voted to the BJP nominees. Patel’s immediate opponent is Balwantsinh Rajput, who before joining the BJP was the Congress’ chief whip in the Assembly. In the 182-member House, whose effective strength was reduced to 176 due to defections by the six Congress MLAs, the Congress now has 51 MLAs, seven of whom belong to the Vaghela camp, while the BJP has 121 members, the NCP 2, the JD (U) 1 and the Gujarat Parivartan Party (GPP) 1.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Any attempts by BJP to bribe us will be foiled: Gujarat Congress MLAs in Bengaluru

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Soon after raids carried out by the Income Tax Department (ITD) on the premises of Karnataka Minister D K Shivakumar had ended, the Congress Party on Saturday said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had initiated it to instill a sense of fear.Speaking to the media here, Congress party MLA Shaktisinh Gohil accompanied by the 43 other MLAs who flew down to Bengaluru from Gujarat last week, painted the IT raids to be a ‘misuse of power’.”D K Shivakumar has been a businessman for 30 years, and has regularly filed tax returns. Three-day continuous raids are unheard of; this is a misuse of power by the BJP. The case being investigated is an old one; why did the IT department wait for us to come and then begin the raids? This has been one by the BJP solely to instill fear”, he said while suggesting raids to be conducted in the office of the BJP Chief Amit Shah.Earlier, the 44 Congress MLAs currently stationed in Bengaluru attended a meeting with the Governor of Karnataka Vajubhai Rudabhai Vala, in an attempt to ‘safegaurd’ democratic principles.”Vajubhai has been a Speaker of the Gujarat Assembly, so he knows each of us personally. He has been an honest individual, who has risen above politics. This is why we chose to meet him, to safeguard our democracy and stand by our principles; not to indulge in dirty politics like the BJP”, said Gohil.”We want to go back as soon as possible, although nothing has been planned yet. We have a meeting scheduled for tomorrow”, he added. Furthermore, Gohil denied reports of MLAs being detained by force, and said any attempt by the saffron party to contact Congress party leaders or workers will be recorded hereafter.”Neither we offer bribes nor accept it. We have notified our party cadets to install CCTVs wherever necessary. Any attempts of the BJP to buy us will be foiled. We will also record calls if required”, added Gohil.Earlier, the Congress accused the BJP of buying and threatening their MLAs in Gujarat for Rs 15 crore and parading its 44 MLAs in Bengaluru.The Congress had earlier said that the BJP is using “money, muscle and state power” to engineer defection, after at least six of its MLAs resigned to join the BJP.In this backdrop, the Election Commission of India sought an inquiry report from the Chief Secretary of Gujarat over the allegations made by the Congress.

Congress concerned about Ahmed Patel, doesn’t care about MLAs Javadekar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Congress is only concerned about Ahmed Patel and doesn?t care about its other MLAs from Gujarat, said Union Human Resource Minister Prakash Javadekar on Sunday. Javadekar was reacting on Congress? parading of its 44 MLAs in Bengaluru and its charge that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) offered Rs. 15 crore to Congress MLAs from Gujarat to desert the Congress. Talking to ANI, Javadekar said, ?Congress only tries to save Rahul Gandhi by all means, no matter what happens to the party. Even in Gujarat, they have only one face, they only want to save Ahmad Patel. They don?t have the time to know what their MLAs want.? He refuted Congress? charge of horse trading and said that some of the Congress MLAs from Gujarat joined BJP because they had lost faith in grand old party. ?All the people left the Congress because they wanted to do so and not because of money. Ram Singh is a leader of dairy movement, he does not need money. He himself left the party, because he knew the real face of congress,? Javadekar said. He also attacked Congress party for sending out its Gujarat MLAs to Bengaluru when the state is hit by floods. ?While the BJP led state government and forces were trying their best to save the flood affected people, the grand old party is busy doing press conference in lavish Bungalows in Bengaluru and accusing us of doing horse trading,? Javadekar said, and added it was like ?the pot is calling the kettle black? as they ran away from Gujarat when the state is suffering from flood. The Congress Party earlier in the day accused the BJP of buying and threatening their MLAs in Gujarat for Rs. 15 crore and paraded its 44 MLAs who are camping here. Addressing a press conference here, senior Congress MLA from Gujarat Shaktisinh Gohil said, “Ask these MLAs the way they are threatened, they chose to stand by party even when offered Rs 15 crore.” He said BJP is doing horse-trading and we are trying to protect the democracy. “BJP is hitting below the belt; we are fighting to protect democracy . We have required numbers. There is no need for us to stay here (Bengaluru) for even a minute if they (BJP) say, they won’t threaten,” Gohil said. Hitting back at the BJP, the Congress leader further said, “When there was flood in Banaskantha, my MLAs were there with people but no BJP minister, leader or chief minister was there.” Earlier, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani had accused the Congress party of being insensitive and irresponsible, and said that they have sent their 40 MLAs to stay in a 5-star hotel in Bengaluru, while Gujarat is facing floods. Gohil further said that they have also managed to establish contact with seven Congress MLAs, who were reportedly inaccessible. “Seven MLAs (Member of Legislative Assembly) are in our contact, their conscience is awakening. We have requested them not to come in people’s tricky ways, stick to the party,” Gohil Said. Earlier, the Congress had said that BJP is using “money, muscle and state power” to engineer defections, after at least six of its MLAs (Member of Legislative Assembly) had resigned from the party to join the BJP. The party on July 28 flew 44 of its MLAs to Bengaluru to stop more of them from switching over to the BJP.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

‘We are fighting to protect democracy’: Guj Congress MLA Shaktisinh Gohil in Bengaluru

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Congress paraded its legislators from Gujarat before the media this evening in an effort to put to rest all speculation, including internal bickering in the party, as charged by BJP.The party has sent 44 of its legislators to a resort outside this city. Of the 57 Congress MLAs in Gujarat, six resigned from the party in the last two days. Three of them joined the BJP yesterday.”Democracy is passing through trying times. I would request media owners, channels and newspapers to save democracy. This responsibility lies with them too. We will bring all the legislators before you (media) and you can ask anything you want,” AICC spokesperson Shaktisinh Gohil told reporters at Eagleton Gold Resort at the city’s outskirts.”I am here since last night with my colleagues. We are living like a family. You (BJP) are talking about internal problem? Just see how we respect each other. There is no internal problem or bickerings between us,” he said.Gohil was reacting to Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani’s charges of internal problems in Congress triggered by the quitting of its leaders, including Shankarsinh Vaghela and Balwantsinh Rajput.”They have taken their MLAs to Bangaluru as they do not have faith in their MLAs,” Rupani had said.The Congress had sent the 44 legislators to the resort to fend off “poaching” attempts by BJP ahead of August 8 Rajya Sabha polls in Gujarat.Gohil claimed that Congress has 60 legislators with it and ruled out BJP winning the third Rajya Sabha seat, polls for which are scheduled on August 8 in Gujarat.”The question is BJP does not have any number. Congress has 57 legislators therefore BJP cannot even dream of winning the third seat. There are three other colleagues also – we are now 60,” he said.Congress has re-nominated Patel, political secretary to party chief Sonia Gandhi, to the Upper House of Parliament from Gujarat.In the 182-member Gujarat Assembly, the strength of the Congress has gone down to 51 from 57.The desertions have cast a shadow on the fate of Patel in the coming Rajya Sabha polls.Countering criticism of bringing the legislators to the resot to Bengaluru when North Gujarat is reeling under heavy rain and floods, Gohil said the MLAs were brought here after party leaders came to know about BJP’s attempt to poach their MLAs using “money and muscle” power.However, on July 25, all Congress legislators had visited their constituencies in North Gujarat to be among the affected people, he said.BJP has fielded party president Amit Shah, Union minister Smriti Irani and former Congress MLA Balwantsinh Rajput who joined the BJP on Thursday.Of the total of 11 RS members from the state, the term of three–Smriti Irani and Dilipbhai Pandya (both BJP) and Ahmed Patel– will end on August 18.

Cong to parade all Gujarat legislators before media

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Congress today said it would parade its all legislators from Gujarat before the media this evening in an effort to put to rest all speculation, including internal bickering in the party, as charged by BJP. The party has sent 44 of its legislators to a resort outside this city. Of the 57 Congress MLAs in Gujarat, six resigned from the party in the last two days. Three of them joined the BJP yesterday. “Democracy is passing through trying times. I would request media owners, channels and newspapers to save democracy. This responsibility lies with them too. We will bring all the legislators before you (media) and you can ask anything you want,” AICC spokesperson Shaktisinh Gohil told reporters at Eagleton Gold Resort at thye city’s outskirts. “I am here since last night with my colleagues. We are living like a family. You (BJP) are talking about internal problem? Just see how we respect each other. There is no internal problem or bickerings between us,” he said. Gohil was reacting to Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani’s charges of internal problems in Congress triggered by the quitting of its leaders, including Shankarsinh Vaghela and Balwantsinh Rajput. “They have taken their MLAs to Bangaluru as they do not have faith in their MLAs,” Rupani had said. The Congress had sent the 44 legislators to the resort to fend off “poaching” attempts by BJP ahead of August 8 Rajya Sabha polls in Gujarat. Gohil claimed that Congress has 60 legislators with it and ruled out BJP winning the third Rajya Sabha seat, polls for which are scheduled on August 8 in Gujarat. “The question is BJP does not have any number. Congress has 57 legislators therefore BJP cannot even dream of winning the third seat. There are three other colleagues also – we are now 60,” he said. Congress has re-nominated Patel, political secretary to party chief Sonia Gandhi, to the Upper House of Parliament from Gujarat. In the 182-member Gujarat Assembly, the strength of the Congress has gone down to 51 from 57. The desertions have cast a shadow on the fate of Patel in the coming Rajya Sabha polls. Countering criticism of bringing the legislators to the resot to Bengaluru when North Gujarat is reeling under heavy rain and floods, Gohil said the MLAs were brought here after party leaders came to know about BJP’s attempt to poach their MLAs using “money and muscle” power. However, on July 25, all Congress legislators had visited their constituencies in North Gujarat to be among the affected people, he said. BJP has fielded party president Amit Shah, Union minister Smriti Irani and former Congress MLA Balwantsinh Rajput who joined the BJP on Thursday. Of the total of 11 RS members from the state, the term of three–Smriti Irani and Dilipbhai Pandya (both BJP) and Ahmed Patel– will end on August 18.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

GST is BJP’s tax terrorism, says Cong leader Shaktisinh Gohil

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The introduction of GST by the BJP-led government is not simplification of the tax regime but its terrorism, said national spokesperson of Congress Shaktisinh Gohil on Friday.“Across the world, the principle of GST has been that its implementation abolishes all other taxes. The UPA government had introduced the GST Bill in 2011 in the Lok Sabha. At that time the then chief minister of Gujarat, Narendra Modi, had said that GST cannot be successful. But today, he speaks of being a game-changer,” Gohil said while talking to mediapersons.The Congress leader said initially, the party had supported the bill introduced by the Union government. “The bill introduced by us in 2011 was for the welfare of both citizens and businessmen. It was only when the tax rates were announced and we realised that it will rob the common man and harm traders, thus we opposed the same,” he added.Gohil said the BJP had announced in its 2014 election manifesto that if it comes to power, the maximum rate of GST would be kept at 13-14%, but it has fixed 28% on certain items. “Congress had included petrol, diesel in the GST bill but they are not covered under the new tax regime now. This will lead to 38-40% tax on petrol, diesel,” Gohil said.He added that GST has been imposed on pesticides and other farm-related equipments which do not come under Schedule-1. Gohil said maximum tax has been imposed on the textile industry. “While Ahmedabad was known as the Manchester of the East, Surat is its hub,” Gohil remarked.“18% tax has been imposed on unbranded biscuits which are mostly consumed by the weaker sections of the society,” he said.

Similarly, Wadhwani was also given first aid, as she

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>alleged that she too sustained injury on her arm after being pushed by Thakor. When the House met after a break of almost an hour, Minister of State for Home Pradeepsinh Jadeja along with Deputy CM Nitin Patel urged the Speaker to take stern action against both the Congress MLAs. While Jadeja alleged that Thakor even tried to choke Wadhwani’s throat, Vaghela alleged that BJP members incited their MLAs by saying derogatory and abusive things in the presence of women MLAs of both the parties. On the proposal by the Treasury benches to suspend both Dhanani and Thakor for the entire session, senior Congress MLA Shaktisinh Gohil argued that BJP members were equally responsible for the ruckus and they too need to be expelled. Finally, the Speaker held Thakor and Dhanani guilty of indiscipline and suspended them for the remaining period of the budget session, scheduled to end on March 31. In protest, Congress MLAs walked out of the House.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Gujarat: Woman killed in celebratory firing at wedding

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 28-year-old married woman was today killed allegedly in a celebratory firing during a wedding at Rampara village of Gadhada tehsil in Botad district , police said. Nita Gohil, died shortly after she was referred at a government hospital in Gadhada town this afternoon, said Gadhada police sub-inspector R B Karmatiya. Gohil, a resident of Devdhari village, was part of the groom’s procession which arrived at Rampara village, he said. “As the groom’s procession arrived, someone fired one round from his gun to celebrate the moment. Eye witnesses claimed that a person in the crowd first loaded his gun and tried to fire in the air. However, the gun went off much earlier. As a result, one bullet pierced into Gohil’s back,” the officer added. Though she was rushed to a nearby government hospital in Gadhada, she eventually died of fatal injury, the official said. “We have lodged an FIR under section 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) of IPC against the unidentified person for causing death of the woman through negligent act,” added Karmatiya.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Accused in Best Bakery riot case dies in prison

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Ramesh Gohil, an undertrial in the 2002 Best Bakery riot case, died of heart attack at the Arthur Road Jail here, police said. Gohil died on Saturday, they said. The National Investigation Agency had arrested him in the Best Bakery case in 2013. In March 2002, a mob attacked the Best Bakery in Vadodara during the post-Godhra riots and burnt it down, killing 14 people. After the Vadodara Court acquitted a few of the accused, the Supreme Court ordered a retrial in Mumbai. Four accused, including Ramesh and his father Jayanti, were declared absconding after they failed to appear before the court for the retrial. The NIA arrested them in 2013. Ramesh collapsed while taking a walk inside the prison and was rushed to J J Hospital where he was declared dead before admission, police said. An inquiry would be conducted into his death, officials added. He was cremated in Vadodara.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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