A group of around 20 Congress workers including a former minister tried to disrupt a press conference held at the Gujarat Minerals Development Corporation auditorium by industrialists and bureaucrats on Saturday to brief the media on Chief Minister Narendra Modis recent Japan tour.
The Congress workers,who had sneaked in along with mediapersons,raised banners and slogans towards the end of the meet about farmers suicides,water crisis and other issues in the state but left the venue before the police arrived.
Mulraj Parmar,former minister and former MLA from Matar in central Gujarat,who was among the protesters,said it was planned when they came to know of the press meet to be addressed by the government and its favourite industrialists. Today,farmers are committing suicide because they dont get water. The poor are suffering like never before and CM is enjoying foreign tours, he said.
Maheshwar Sahu,the principal secretary at the Industry and Mines department who was leading the conference,asked the intruders to leave saying it was not a political platform.
Regarding CMs Japan visit,he said,He attended around 65 major seminars and business promotion events during the four-day trip and received great response.
Industry leaders like Parimal Nathwani of Reliance Industries Ltd,Pankaj Patel from Zyudus Cadila and Sudhir Mehta from Torrent group were also present at the press meet. All of them called the CMs Japan tour an extraordinary success. I had gone to Japan along with CM in 2007 too,but this time the response was overwhelming. The respect the CM got was like what a Prime Minister gets, said Nathwani,who is also a Rajya Sabha MP from Jharkhand.