Buzz in political circle as Union minister Dinsha calls on Modi

A visit of Union Minister of Mines & Minerals and senior Gujarat Congress leader,Dinsha Patel,to Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi created a flutter in the state political circles on Tuesday.

Written by Express News Service | Ahmedabad | Published:May 28, 2013 5:34 am

A visit of Union Minister of Mines & Minerals and senior Gujarat Congress leader,Dinsha Patel,to Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi created a flutter in the state political circles on Tuesday. The state government’s information department sent out photos of Patel with Modi in Gandhinagar,even as one BJP state office bearer tweeted about the minister meeting Modi with his “sons”.

Patel,however,was unreachable. Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee chief Arjun Modhwadia played it down saying “it must be an official visit for some official purpose as a Union minister”. Dinsha Patel had contested the Assembly seat of Maninagar against Modi in 2007,even as he was an MP,and lost.

The Gujarat government’s official release called it a “courtesy” visit by the Union minister to Modi in Gandhinagar. Dr Parag Sheth,who is handles media relations of Gujarat BJP and who is considered close to Modi,tweeted,“Sensational News : Just heard from Media Man,Mr Dinsha Patel MP Congress with his sons meet Shree @narendramodi!”

Modhwadia also said,“He (Dinsha) was here since yesterday to campaign for the by-elections. And since he is a Union minister,he must have gone to visit Modi for some official purpose which I would not know.” Modhwadia mocked at the Gujarat government’s official release which said it was a “courtesy visit”.

“What courtesy a Union minister would show to Modi,a chief minister. It has to be some official visit only,” he said.

Cong opposes proposed BRTS corridor between Paldi and RTO

Even as the municipal corporation awaits Central nod for the third phase of BRTS under which a corridor will be laid between Paldi and RTO,Opposition Congress has written to Urban Development Minister Kamal Nath asking not to grant the approval to this. Opposition Leader Badruddin Shaikh has said a BRT corridor on Ashram Road would create several problems like traffic congestion on the side lines and lead to parking problems.

Seeking dropping of the six-months old proposal,which was okayed by the state Urban Development Department about two months ago,Shaikh said this was a “whimsical proposal” put forward by the ruling BJP and it would “cause serious problem of traffic congestion on this major artery of the city”. He said he was afraid that if the proposal was implemented then it would fuel people’s anger against the BRTS system for causing traffic snarls.

When contacted,municipal commissioner Guruprasad Mohapatra said any public transportation project was primarily aimed at reducing traffic congestion and smooth flow of vehicular traffic.

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