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BJP calls Cong’s no-trust motion an ‘anti-tribal’ move

A day after the Congress moved a no-confidence motion against Speaker Ganpat Vasava,the BJP called it an “anti-tribal” step and party MPs Balkrishna Shukla and Ramsinh Rathwa submitted a memorandum to the Vadodara district collector for forwarding it to Governor Kamla Beniwal.

Written by Syed Khalique Ahmed | Ahmedabad | Published: March 3, 2012 7:21:19 am

A day after the Congress moved a no-confidence motion against Speaker Ganpat Vasava,the BJP called it an “anti-tribal” step and party MPs Balkrishna Shukla and Ramsinh Rathwa submitted a memorandum to the Vadodara district collector for forwarding it to Governor Kamla Beniwal.

They stated that Vasava was holding a constitutional post and his decision was final in case of any dispute between the ruling party and the Opposition in the House. “Instead of respecting the Speaker’s ruling,Congress mounted a personal attack on Vasava,seeking his removal. This is an anti-tribal act,” Shukla said.

State Congress president Arjun Modhwadia,on the other hand,said it was the responsibility of the government to maintain the dignity of the Speaker. “Moreover,the Speaker is neither an ST nor an upper caste. An Assembly Speaker is an Assembly Speaker,” he said.

Ahmed Patel meets congress MLAs

Sonia Gandhi’s political secretary Ahmed Patel visited Gandhinagar and met party MLAs on Thursday reportedly to salvage the situation being perceived as a “wrong political move”.

As the BJP called the no-confidence motion a personal attack on Vasava — the first Speaker from the tribal community in the state — Patel was reportedly alarmed since Vasava hails from Narmada,adjoining Bharuch,where he belongs to.

Sources,however,said Patel simply met MLAs over dinner,which was a planned event and that he would be camping in Gujarat for two more days.

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