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Aiming to tackle the BJP’s toppling game legally, the Congress will impart a two-day training to its elected office-bearers of district panchayats. Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCC) president Bharatsinh Solanki said here Saturday that the inaugural workshop will be thrown open by senior leader Mani Shankar Aiyar in Gandhinagar on August 16.
The workshops will be organised under the aegis of Rajiv Gandhi Panchyati Raj Sangathan and the GPCC. The Sangathan chairperson Meenakshi Natarajan and Congress Legislature Party leader Shankersinh Vaghela will also attend the workshops, Solanki said. The objective was to train district panchayat presidents to prevent the BJP against attempts to capture panchayats won by the Congress and how to take legal action to counter its designs to disturb Congress-ruled bodies.
Solanki said since the BJP had come to power in Gujarat, it had destroyed the panchayati raj system, had not called panchayat council meeting for the last eight years and did not address eight points of the 20-point programme and taken away the rights of gram sabhas. He also said the BJP did not give any importance to panchayat bodies and treated elected members as if they were criminals.
Asked will the Congress object to the state government calling the next Assembly session for only two days, Solanki said the party was opposed to the session being called only for two days “so that the BJP could pass Bills of its choice without a hitch by playing mischief”. The session should be of a minimum of five days, he said. The state government is calling the Assembly session on August 22-23.