Gujarat confidential

Power play

Written by Express News Service | Published: September 4, 2013 2:31:32 am

Relations between Chief Minister Narendra Modi and Leuva Patel leader from Saurashtra,Purshottam Rupala,have reportedly gone sour after the latter’s close relative,a government officer,was served a chargesheet. Rupala,a Rajya Sabha MP considered to be a stalwart in Saurashtra region,believed that his relative was innocent and deserved a promotion. He went to great lengths to garner support for his relative. Rupala is believed to have met everyone — from Minister of State for Education Vasu Trivedi,Education Minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasma to Revenue Minister Anandi Patel — to no avail. All of them have been of little help to Rupala. Perhaps they all sensed that the CM’s office doesn’t seem to be in a mood to roll back the chargesheet.

‘Mail’ to order

Journalists in Surat were in for a surprise when they stumbled upon an internal correspondence between deputy secretary of state Revenue Department and Surat district collector in connection with the land encroachment made by Asaram Bapu at Jahangirpura area. Interestingly,the letter,dated 3rd September,was mysteriously leaked to the media one day earlier on Monday evening,raising issues of secrecy in government departments. The letter directed the collector to recover rental dues of Rs 18.27 crore of 14 years between 1996 to 2010 from Asaram Bapu Trust. The trust has already deposited Rs 30.30 lakh. The Gujarat High Court had ordered the state government in 2008 to recover the land encroached by Asaram Bapu Trust. Surat collector Jayprakash Shivhare,however,sounded nonchalant. He said,“I don’t know how the letter was leaked as it was an internal correspondence. We have not issued any notice to Asharam Bapu till today.”

Campus watch

Gujarat National Law University’s (GNLU) director Bimal Patel seems to have a penchant for surveillance. Visitors to his office have to deposit their mobilephones before they step in. They will find a notice directing them to do so at his office door. At a recent press conference,where Patel interacted with the media after long,he said,“The whole campus,apart from the newer areas that are being constructed,is under complete CCTV surveillance. I get to know whoever walks into the campus right from the entrance gate.” While the surveillance measures do help amp up security for the 900-plus students that GNLU houses,one wonders if Patel’s exaggerated security concern means he does not want to be caught off guard anymore.

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