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Cong battles revolt by Thakors in Gandhinagar

The state Congress is facing a tough task in controlling the revolt that has broken out from Thakor members of the party in the Gandhinagar Zilla Panchayat.

Written by Syed Khalique Ahmed | Ahmedabad | Published: February 4, 2012 6:16:39 am

The state Congress is facing a tough task in controlling the revolt that has broken out from Thakor members of the party in the Gandhinagar Zilla Panchayat (GZP).

Thakors,belonging to Other Backward Castes (OBC),account for over 50 per cent of the total population of the Gandhinagar district.

Though party’s Lok Sabha MP Jagdish Thakor,former MLA C J Chavda and leader Baldev Thakor were given the job of calming the agitated Thakor community,no solution was found till the writing of the report,with the three waiting for the return of the state party president Arjun Modhwadia from Delhi.

Modhwadia is in Delhi for the last two days.

The revolt has taken place following the alleged neglect of the Thakors in the appointment of their representatives on different posts in GZP that was won by the party a year ago by securing 19 of the 27 seats.

Of the 19 Congress winners,eight are Thakors,three Rajputs,with the rest coming from several other communities.

With Thakors being in majority,they demanded that one of them be given the post of GZP presidentship. But it was denied to them and Maniben,a woman from the Chaudhary community,was given the coveted post.

Chavda,belonging to Rajput community,who was assigned to handle the issue by virtue of being the district party president,promised Thakors that the chairmenship of standing committee,road and building committee and education committee would be given to them.

But when the chairmen of these committees were appointed on January 31,Thakors again found themselves at the receiving end,with Rajputs being appointed chairmen of the three committees-standing committees,R&B committee and health committee. Only the chairmanship of the education committee was given to the Thakors.

“This enraged the Thakors,” Arvind Solanki,who is leading the revolt,said.

“With the state party not doing anything to give justice to the community,seven Thakor members on Thursday submitted their resignations from membership of GZP,” said Solanki.

“On Friday,seven Thakor members from Gandhinagar Taluka Panchayat and two Thakor members from Gandhinagar Municipal Corporation also resigned,” said Solanki.

Solanki said the community members would not agree to any solution than giving chairmanship of the three committees to its representatives in GZP.

While Chavda could not be contacted,Jagdish Thakor said he had held several round of meetings with the Thakor members of GZP. “But they are adamant on their demand,” he said,admitting that “promises given to the Thakors had not been kept”.

He said he was waiting for Modhwadia to return from Delhi to find a solution to the crisis in the party.

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