Congress workers detained for ‘protests’, ‘celebrations’ in Vadodara

When asked what was the basis of the protest when no official announcement had been made of the airport being named after Upadhyaya.

By: Express News Service | Vadodara | Published:October 23, 2016 4:53 am

During Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the Vadodara, several Congress leaders were detained across the city. While GPCC General Secretary Narendra Ravat and seven others were detained for protesting against the naming of the airport after Deen Dayal Upadhyaya, demanding that it be named after Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad, Harni police detained five members of Vadodara Congress who were protesting near the PM’s venue by wearing the mask of former PM Dr Manmohan Singh.

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Ravat and others were detained for demanding that the airport be named after Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad “instead of RSS philosopher Deen Dayal Upadhyaya”. However, authorities have not named the Vadodara airport after any personality. When asked what was the basis of the protest when no official announcement had been made of the airport being named after Upadhyaya, Ravat said, “We have protested based on the buzz in social media that the airport will be named after Upadhyaya. We will continue our demand to name it after Sayajirao Gaekwad.”

On the other hand, Harni police detained Jitendra Solanki and a few other party workers who were distributing sweets to celebrate the inauguration of the airport which was cleared by the UPA government. Solanki said,  “We were celebrating the inauguration of the new terminal as the foundation stone was laid in the UPA government’s tenure. Police detained us when we were distributing the sweets wearing the mask of Manmohan Singh. We were not protesting.” Congress workers also put up hoardings with photographs of ex-PM Manmohan Singh, hailing his visionary approach as the reason behind the foundation of the new airport, inaugurated by Modi.

Meanwhile, Congress spokesperson and MLA from Abdasa, Shaktisinh Gohil, Saturday questioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “silence” over his future “dealings” with Pakistan after film personalities like Karan Johar have made it clear that they would not hire Pakistani artistes in their films in the future.