The ruling BJP and the Opposition Congress targeted each other after curfew was imposed in Mehsana following violence during the Jail Bharo Andolan by the Sardar Patel Group to press for the release of quota stir leader Hardik Patel.
While BJP accused Congress of stoking the Patidar unrest, the opposition party blamed “inept handling” of the quota issue by the government for the clashes.
Cabinet minister and government spokesperson Nitin Patel said the administration had made necessary arrangements to ensure the protest remained peaceful, but some “obstructive and miscreant elements” vitiated the atmosphere.
In a release, Patel said the state government and the Mehsana district administration officials had held a meeting with office-bearers of the Sardar Patel Group on Saturday and they had agreed to wrap up the protest in a peaceful manner.
Holding Congress responsible for keeping the Patidar agitation alive, Patel said it was “extremely condemnable” that attempts were being made to ensure that the “unrest prevails”.
Hitting out the government, Congress Legislature Party leader Shankarsinh Vaghela said “If the government wants to establish peace, it should voluntarily withdraw cases of sedition.”
He also appealed to the Patidars to maintain peace and tranquility in the state. He said the government should have made the arrangements to detain a large number of people ahead of the jail bharo stir, instead of saying it had not given permission for the agitation.
Meanwhile, precautionary step in view of violence in Mehsana, Ahmedabad Municipal Transport Service has decided to keep 200 of its 865 buses off road, Moreover, around 25 bus routes and 150 buses would be diverted on Monday.
The area to be impacted by the route diversion are Vastral, Nikol, Manmohan Park and Thakkarbapanagar, Sattadhar, Ranip and Wagheshwari Society, said transport managar Arjav Shah. As the result of stone pelting on some buses, 19 routes and 1,265 buses were diverted on Sunday.