139 lions died in 3 years: Minister
Gandhinagar:In the last three years,139 lions,including 54 cubs,have died in the state. State Environment and Forests Minister Mangubhai Patel said this in a written reply to a question by Congress MLA Bhavku Unghad in the Assembly on Thursday.
He said that 42 lions died in 2009,48 died in 2010 and 49 in 2011. The number of death of adult lions has remained between 27 and 31,while the number of death of cubs has been increasing.
In 2009,15 cubs had died while next year the figure stood at 17,which further increased to 22 in 2011.
The Minister said the causes were natural death,electrocution,fall into wells,fights between lions out of territorial rivalry or for self-defence,adding that no incident of poaching was reported in this period.
According to the last census,there are 411 lions in the Gir forest region.
Suspended MLAs hold mock session
Gandhinagar:Congress MLAs,who were suspended from the house for the rest of the Budget Session,on Thursday held a mock session in the Assembly committee room and raised several issues against the Narendra Modi government. After suspension for five consecutive days over their demand for dismissal of two BJP MLAs,who were accused of watching obscene pictures in the house,the Opposition MLAs were suspended from the Assembly for the entire session on Wednesday for disrupting the house on various issues like. In the mock Assembly,Congress workers wearing masks of Modi,Speaker Ganpat Vasava,senior ministers Vaju Vala,Anandi Patel,Nitin Patel,Saurabh Patel and two porngate accused MLAs Shankar Chaudhary and Jetha Bharwad acted as the treasury bench. On the other side,suspended Leader of Opposition Shaktisinh Gohil,senior MLAs Arjun Modhwadia,Sidharath Patel and others played the role of Opposition.