Just a couple of days before the election, a priest belonging to the Swaminarayan sect was attacked in Gujarat. The priest claims that he was attacked for his views about nationalism and Hindutva. Two unidentified assailants attacked Bhaktiprasad Swami with iron rods on late Thursday night in Kotda village of Visavdar tehsil in Junagadh district when he was returning after campaigning for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Talking to ANI from hospital bed, Bhaktiprasad said, “The attackers were fumed because I propagate Hindutva and nationalism. We are saints and if we won’t speak on nationalism then will we speak on Pakistan? This attack is not only on me but on whole Hindu Sanatan sect.” He further added that “if being a nationalist is a crime then I would like to commit this crime time and again”.When asked about who was behind the attack on him, he didn’t take the Congress party’s name but said, “This is election time and everybody knows who are against the BJP and Hindutva. But, I want to tell them that such attacks are not going to deter us from propagating Hindutva and nationalism.”Also readGujarat Elections 2017 | A storm is brewing as Congress will win the elections, says Rahul GandhiRecounting the attack on him, he said,”I was returning from conducting an election rally for the BJP. When we were going to Visavadar then all of sudden a car overtook and stopped in front of our car. By the time we could understand anything; the assailants smashed the windshield of our car with iron rod and started abusing us. When the passerby gathered there, the assailants fled the scene leaving behind their car.”Also readGujarat Elections 2017 | BJP campaigns seek to mobilise Muslim women votersHe said the police have taken his statement and promised to take strict action against the culprits.
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<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Heavy rains have come not at a good time for Dheeya village in Kotda teshil of Udaipur as it was the only village which has not been electrified during the electrification drive in the division.As per the information made available by state government at Deen Dayal Upadhyay Gram Jyoti Yojna (DDUGJY), 43,263 villages of total 43,264 villages were electrified at the end of July this year. The sole village left out is Dheeya. The electrification drive of this village consisting of a few dozen households have been a long journey. Initially, it faced challenges due to impermeability of adjoining forest terrain and consent from authorities that took a little long.When solution was sought, the work suffered due to heavy rains in the area. “We decided to pass through the forest land and lay electric line along the banks of a local river. Also, 135 poles have been erected for a 11 KV line,” said a senior officer at Ajmer Vidyut Vitran Nigam Limited (AVVNL). The work is expected to be completed by the end of this month, he added. Electrification of the village could have been done earlier, however the villagers who had waited for electricity for all this while wanted it to be from the grid and not off grid. Thus the entire process got a bit more tough.There were hundreds of villages in Rajasthan at the time waiting for electricity. Electrification of these villages had been a challenge due to remote location and other local issues, however, the assigned task in now at closure but there is still long road ahead for further work. “The villages covered so far are those in accordance to census 2011, many more habitations have come up since. As the government intends to take electricity to smallest cluster there is more work still left to be done,” says a department official. According to the data provided by state department for energy,as per 2011 census, out of 89.91 rural households there are 21.12 lakh households without electricity. Work in this direction is being held under the CM household electrification scheme. There are around 1,31,763 habitation of which a quarter are still to be electrified. A further detailed survey is now being held to determine requirements of electrifying even the smallest house clusters.Picture decoded1 Village yet to be electrified Out of 43,264 census villages, 43,263 villages (99.9) have been electrified
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Light to moderate rain occurred at many places in Rajasthan with Kotda in Udaipur registering maximum of 5 cm rainfall since yesterday. Churu was the hottest place in the state with a day temperature of 44.8 degrees Celsius even as it received 21.6 mm rains. Bikaner and Sriganganagar each recorded a high of 44 degrees Celsius. Arthuna in Banswara recorded 4 cm rainfall while Jaipur and Ajmer registered 12.2 and 2.6 mm rains respectively, the MeT department here. The weatherman has forecast thunderstorm with squall at isolated areas in the state till tomorrow.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)