The elections were politically prestigious as Gaurang Patel, who has held the post for eight years following his father Narayan Patel who held the post for 14 years prior, was challenged by Dinesh Patel, a close relative of Gujarat BJP’s general secretary K C Patel,.
The state government had also got rid of commission agents in the APMC. Before that, farmers selling foodgrain, cereals and oillseed in markets had to pay 2 per cent commission to these agents operating between farmers and APMC traders.
While probing the unauthorised sale of bags, the police questioned top GUJCOT officers, including its managing director Narmadashankar Sharma, Brahmbhatt, general manager (purchase) manager Manoj Vyas etc.
All Indian Motor Transport Congress, an association of transporters, started its nationwide strike on Saturday over a host of pending demands, including the abolition of toll tax and bringing diesel under GST.
After a preliminary inquiry, the police filed an FIR against Bapodariya and three others under IPC sections 406 (criminal breach of trust), 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property) and 114 (common intent).
“The reforms will strengthen the APMCs and serve farmers’ interests better. There is no question of dismantling the APMCs. To the contrary, the government wants to make them more competitive,” said Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.