Ashok Gehlot targets BJP govt, says IB searched Gujarat hotel where he met Hardik, Jignesh

Ashok Gehlot alleged the surveillance was being done on BJP's orders and asked if the right to privacy was the sole proprietorship of Jay Shah

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published: October 23, 2017 10:11 pm
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Hitting out at the BJP government, senior Congress leader Ashok Gehlot on Monday claimed that the Intelligence Bureau and police searched the hotel rooms in Gujarat where he met Patidar agitation leader Hardik Patel and Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani.

In a series of tweets, Gehlot said he had met Hardik and Jignesh in Ummed Hotel and after they left, the IB and police searched the rooms booked in his name and also took CCTV footage. “The rooms which have been booked in my name are being checked. We are openly saying, we have met them (Hardik and Jignesh) and will keep meeting them in future too,” Gehlot tweeted and tagged Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the PMO.


Gehlot, who is in charge of Congress’s affairs in poll-bound Gujarat, asked the BJP if Hardik and Jignesh were criminals or absconders and asked the saffron party to clear their stand. He said when they had met BJP leaders a few months ago, their offices were not checked. “Are Hardik Patel and Jignesh Mevani criminals or absconders? If that is so, BJP must clear its stand. When they met BJP leaders, then their offices were not checked. Why it is being done now?” he tweeted.


Gehlot alleged the surveillance was being done on BJP’s orders and asked if the right to privacy was the sole proprietorship of Amit Shah’s son Jay, who has been in the news after The Wire recently published a report, saying that his company’s turnover grew 16,000 times after Modi came to power in 2014.


Earlier in the day, OBC leader Alpesh Thakor formally joined the Congress in the presence of party Vice-President Rahul Gandhi in Gandhinagar. Later at a rally, Gandhi lashed out at the Centre and especially Modi over GST, demonetisation and Digital India initiatives.


Gehlot said that he was impressed with the commitment of Hardik, Thakor and Jignesh towards the farmers, the poor and the SC, ST and OBC community. “Quite impressed by their commitment towards the farmers, the poor, the SC-ST and the OBC. Fully sure that colleagues and supporters of these 3 young leaders will do their best to ensure that people of Gujarat get rid of ill governance of the BJP,” he tweeted.

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    Dev Verma
    Oct 24, 2017 at 9:44 pm
    Congressy's have become cry baby and leaving no stone un-turned to point a finger at Modi but won't succeed, scamist have no standing and people of India have become more smarter than these ugly b...a....s...t....a....r....ds. Gehlot himself is in deep corruption and what he can say about others.....why so much of fuss its merely a election, blame game will never win you election better come with new idea of bringing India on top of the world.....congress still depending on divide and rule policy rest nothing....
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      rick patel
      Oct 24, 2017 at 2:56 am
      If there is any sense remaining in indian public they should get rid of bjp.....This party 100 times worst than any other party in indian history...They are openly indulging in corruption and crime on one side other side spreading hatred to divide our country on basis on religion and cow..People should stop being emotional and support vikas and not support vinash (modi)..
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        Arun Dubey
        Oct 24, 2017 at 3:55 am
        You patel have high nos. business establishments in gujarat. What hardik did he divided Patel vs non patels. Now Patels has lost glory even among other gujarti caste.. People see patidar as beggars. My so called Patel always says Patel the name is enough.. my foot you are as beggars as Yadavs of Bihar and Up and gujjars of Rajastan...You not elite communities... Hardik has made to you the beggar...Please will say patidar have no guts to get job of its own..Reserved people are beggars... Classesless people.. Patidars name of low moral beggars no guts to complete even Dalits...You are jealeous of dalit thats why you agitated...Dalits and other were untouchable that why for equality they got reservation and for the social upliftment but why u patidars are barking u had one social standard. Hardik patel has destroyed your status to low caste community. what social upliftment your community need
      2. S
        Oct 24, 2017 at 1:28 am
        Time has come Modi and Shah should quit and join some Baba Ashram. they have done enough of manipulations.
        1. A
          Oct 24, 2017 at 1:09 am
          Congress through social media and through this dirty politics is creating doubts in the mind of Modi. Modi should ignore it, don't worry this game will only weaken the Congress more. Sitback and concentrate on what you need. Modi should stop looking at the Twitters because Congress has bought bots which will totally confuse the calculations Modi has been doing so well. Instead he should buy bots and throw it at the Congress. As Subramaniam Swamy was saying, apply the pressure on CBI to find out what is happening on all the scams. Open up the scams 2G, CWG, Helicopter and especially the Submarine scam.
          1. A
            Oct 24, 2017 at 1:11 am
            By meeting the Muslim leaders Hardik Patel has taken a step in the direction of COngress and planning to even attack RSS. All the RSS people should become careful from now on and start getting rid of the Patels. Let them form their own group, rest of us should slowly slowly get rid of them. One Patel is enough for the whole of India, rest of them Hardik can shove up behind his a_s_s.
            1. H
              Oct 24, 2017 at 1:23 am
              Modi has lost credibility.
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              Just Me
              Oct 24, 2017 at 12:17 am
              Whole strategy is dramebaazi. Earlier some caste leader joins BJP, gets a better deal from Congress, flips and makes an accusation that he was being bribed and he wanted to expose. In this world of CCTV and hidden cameras, this genius has no backing evidence. Now this dude is claiming IB involvement. Get in RA, army and airforce as well. Your story will then be complete.
              1. A
                Oct 24, 2017 at 1:07 am
                Congress is trying to create confusion in Modi's mind so that he makes a mistake. The confusion is all this meeting and hiding all the information. Congress will also utilize disenchantment from the Patel fraternity which have joined the Nehru Parivar bandwagon even after knowing that the true uniter of India was humiliated by Nehru. This is why Hardik was hiding, not to embarass the Patel fraternity who have found love with the very Nehru family who openly insulted Sardar Patel. Hardik is trying really hard to collect with the Chors and Chor Party but it is said that after a good leader there comes only evil from the same set. We will find nothing but evil coming from the Patidars who are blackmailing the BJP. BJP should slowly start considering being away from Patidars, these Patidars will destroy the development of the Gujarat itself much less that of India. But Patidars should join the Congress because there is no way to get discredited by, other than joining the Nehru family.
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