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Congress,BJP come face to face on Mahatma Gandhi’s birth anniversary

Party workers of both the Congress and BJP engaged in one-upmanship at the Gandhi Nagar Gruh on Wednesday morning.

Party workers of both the Congress and BJP engaged in one-upmanship at the Gandhi Nagar Gruh on Wednesday morning where they had gathered to pay homage to the Father of the Nation.

The city unit of the Congress party,which had planned the programme at venue and invited the citizens of Vadodara to join in the commemoration of the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi,began its event at 10 am in the morning. At around 10.30am,a group of BJP party workers,including city mayor Bharat Shah and Standing Committee Chairman Hitendra Patel arrived at the venue chanting slogans,“Bharat mata ki jai.” What followed was a verbal match of chanting slogans between the Congress and BJP workers.

While the Congress workers went on with loud recitations of Gandhi’s hymn ‘Raghupati Raghav Rajaram’,the BJP workers kept the heat on with ‘Bharat mata ki jai’. This continued for some time before the BJP workers finally left the venue as the Congress workers refused to budge from the spot under the statue of Mahatma Gandhi.

Congress spokesperson Pragnesh Tewar said,“We had sought official permission for our programme between 10 am and 2 pm five days ago. However,the BJP MPs think that because the state government is run by their party they can bring out processions without permissions at all times.”

State releases 285 prisoners

Ahmedabad: The Gujarat government on Wednesday released 285 prisoners from various state jails on the occasion of Mahatma Gandhi’s birth anniversary,according to an official press statement here. One hundred and fifty prisoners who were serving life terms and had undergone 12 years of imprisonment were released,the release said. PTI