The Gujarat Jan Sangharsh Sena (GJSS) launched on Saturday by the state Congress leaders in collaboration with some local human rights and NGO activists has vowed to take on the state government for what they say its “failure” on all fronts.
Calling it a non-political platform, but headed by former Congress MP Jagdish Thakore and supported by Jitubhai Patel (former BJP MLA now in Congress), the Sena leaders said that the state BJP government had badly failed in preventing cow slaughter, implementing the prohibition laws and providing security and safety to women as these incidents had increased across the state.
Addressing the first meeting of the Sena at the Tagore auditorium here, Thakore said that the it would soon launch agitations against the state government on various issues.
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In a emotional speech, he said, “The Sena volunteers need to become Bhagat Singh and Chandra Shekhar Azad to fight for the right of the people.”
He said that a website of the Sena would be launched on August 15 and a state-level meeting of the women volunteers would be held in the first week of September to chalk out strategies for further course of action programmes.
Jitubhai Patel said how could Chief Minister Anandi Patel protect others when she had herself not been able to arrest the thieves who burgled her own bungalow some months ago.
Taking a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi having looked after a Nepali young boy and arranging his meeting with her parents, Patel said that it was illegal on the part of Modi to keep the boy with him. He should have registered a police case and arranged to send the boy to his family when he was found in Ahmedabad.
Stating that taking the Nepali with him to Kathmandu was political drama, he said that five Nepalis committed suicide in Rajkot as they were forcibly evicted from a house where they were living for 50 years. “Had the state government under the then CM Modi taken action immediately, life of five Nepalis could have been saved,” said Patel.
Social and NGO activists who took part in the first meeting of the “Sena” on Saturday included Prakash N Shah, Indu Kumar Jani, Hemant Shah and Sanjay Joshi.