Congress leader Tushar Chaudhary said Chavda’s selection was in consonance with Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s announcement at the Plenary Session in which he said he will give chance to young leaders to lead the party.
“Amee Yagnik has never worked for the party organisation. She has not addressed even a small or a big public meeting anywhere in the state,” Sonal Patel told The Indian Express after sending her resignation letter to All India Mahila Congress president Sushmita Dev.
He had also served as chairman of the National Knowledge Commission from 2005 to 2009 and as an adviser to former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on public information infrastructure and innovation with the rank of a cabinet minister.
Sam Pitroda, who is credited with telecom revolution in the country and worked as an adviser on technology missions to late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, was actively involved in the last two Assembly elections in Gujarat as chairman of the party’s election manifesto committee.
In urban centres of the state, the sex ratio of girls in the age group of 0-6 years has fallen to 848 per 1,000 boys from 890 girls per 1,000 boys in 2011, despite a number of incentives given by the state government for girl child over the decade.
Though many working in the field of education say the 40 per cent of girls share in higher education is quite satisfactory, the report does not make it clear the background of the girl students: how many of them come from rural areas and how many are from urban areas or from which social group or community.
The report, which was presented in the Assembly on Tuesday, shows that though the number of sanctioned seats stood at 77,761 in 230 colleges across the state in 2015-16, it came down to 75,172 — a drop of 2,589 seats — in 2016-17, even as the number of colleges increased.
During the three-day training workshop, the MLAs will be taught about the legislative history of Gujarat, different ways of raising questions in the Assembly and various committees of the Assembly, their role and style of functioning.
The Congress stayed in power for about a year. Last year, 10 Congress councillors “switched’’ over to BJP with their leader Raiben Patel continuing as municpality’s president after defecting from the Congress.