Gujarat Confidential

In a dramatic sequence of events,Congress was in the process to replace Raju Kotadia with Hari Kansagra as its candidate for Dhoraji Assembly seat bypolls at the eleventh hour on Tuesday.

Written by Express News Service | Published:May 14, 2013 5:39 am

A change at the 11th hour

In a dramatic sequence of events,Congress was in the process to replace Raju Kotadia with Hari Kansagra as its candidate for Dhoraji Assembly seat bypolls at the eleventh hour on Tuesday. On the evening of penultimate day of filing nominations,reports of Kotadia,a cooperative leader,giving way to Kansagra,a Rajkot-based hotelier,started coming in. State Congress chief Arjun Modhwadia defended the move saying the party had never announced Kotadia’s name formally even though the Kotadia’s name was cleared days ago. However,party insiders gave some insights. “Kotadia’s political stature and wherewithal were too small as compared to Vitthal Radadia and Pravin Makadia. So,party spotted an equal to Makadia in Kansagra,” a source said. Strongman Radadia hinted at retaining his influence in Dhoraji by deciding to accompany Makadia while the latter filed his nomination as BJP candidate in Dhoraji even as his son filed his papers in Rajkot to fight the bye-elections from Jetpur constituency.

Cops look the corporate way to save their future

The custodial death case of a housebreaker of Sardarnagar police station in Ahmedabad has sent such a tizzy to the police in the state that they have decided not to even shout at the accused lodged in lock-ups of the police stations,let alone raise their “dandas” on them. The allegations of custodial torture are not new for Gujarat Police but the recent case where their own police officers have booked them,the policemen were seen getting worried about their future. The policemen said they have now decided that the best weapon is “mental torture”. A senior officer said nowadays the “ethics” of the corporate world needed to be applied to police functions where a person in custody is targeted with verbal volleys. It remains to be seen how the accused save themselves from the new techniques of Gujarat Police.

An unusually clear message

When the candidate’s list for Gujarat by-elections came from BJP central office in Delhi on Tuesday,an unusual message accompanied it. This message made it amply clear that candidate’s list may have come from Delhi,but party national chief Rajnath Singh has accepted what the state unit (read Chief Minister Narendra Modi) recommended. A portion of a press release announcing the candidate list read: “The BJP national president Rajnath Singh has approved recommendation of Gujarat State Election Committee regarding the bypolls of Parliamentary and Assembly elections.” The message was quite clear — notwithstanding who signed the list,but it was Chief Minister Narendra Modi who has the full and final say.

Old secretariat building To run on solar power soon

Dr Jivrajbhai Mehta Bhavan — the old secretariat building in Gandhinagar – is scheduled to fully run on solar power from June 1. The project is part of turning the capital a solar city by promoting use of this renewable energy at homes and government offices. However,many officials were puzzled as there were still no physical signs of the change happening in the offices. Many eyebrows were raised towards the fact the Narendra Modi government has not considered using renewable energy to power the newly constructed Swarnim Sankul-1,which houses Chief Minister’s office. Though the state government claim it to be an “energy efficient building”,it would have been easier to incorporate the solar power technology in the building during construction stage,rather than making changes later on.

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