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Roaring leaders of the BJP were not seen or heard on the day the election results of the Karnataka Assembly was declared.

Written by Express News Service |
May 12, 2013 4:03:05 am

Karnataka results make state bjp lose their spirit

Roaring leaders of the BJP were not seen or heard on the day the election results of the Karnataka Assembly was declared. The state party head office wore a deserted look with leaders making themselves unavailable. As the day progressed,the spirits went down further so much so that in the end,a party functionary had to say officially that the state unit of the party was not going to give any official comment. Leaders went incommunicado which was quite uncharacteristic of them. On any other day,they would spring out with their valued opinions. But on this occasion,the refrain was: “The party will issue an official statement on this. I am not in touch with the issue”.

Death for Kodnani and the sparks

The state government’s decision to seek death sentence for former BJP minister and one of the convicts in the 2002 Naroda Patiya Massacre case,Dr Maya Kodnani,and others,attracted different reactions from different quarters. However,the most interesting of them was from a group of accused in another 2002 riots case,the criminal trial of which is on. As soon as the news spread,this group,led by a right-wing activist,announced a press conference later on that day to criticise the state government’s decision. However,subsequently,the conference was called off. The buzz is that the idea was put on hold after these accused got a friendly warning from their lawyer about the legal implications of their move which might have gone to the extent of cancellation of bail.

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Revenue minister’s close aide at the helm of AMC

It is a record of sorts that State Revenue Minister Anandiben Patel’s close aide Bhupendra Patel has been made the chairman of the all-important Standing Committee in the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) for the second time in a row. It’s quite interesting that Bhupendra Patel represents Thaltej ward which is part of the Minister’s Ghatlodia constituency! There has been no other politician in the municipal corporation who has attained this feat so far. The record of Patel in his first tenure of two-and-half years has been that of a politically pliable person who perfectly suits the requirement tailored for such a plum job.

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