October 23, 2008 12:44:18 am
Says the move is to protest autocratic and arrogant conduct of GPCC leaders
In A major blow to the Congress ahead of the next general elections, its city unit’s general secretary Dr Praful Thakar on Wednesday joined the Bharatiya Janata Party along with 150 office-bearers in protest against alleged neglect and injustice to them.
They joined the saffron party at a public meeting in Modasa in the presence of BJP state president Purshottam Rupala and NRI C K Patel who was expelled from the Congress a day ago.
Thakar, who had lost one eye several years ago during a Congress demonstration, said he was pained at the neglect of the good work he and his colleagues had done so far for the party.
“Six vice-presidents, 17 secretaries, 19 general secretaries, 21 Mahila Congress office-bearers and a number of youth wing leaders have quit the Congress to cross over to the BJP,” he said.
Incidentally, his wife Dr Krishna Thakar, who is a Congress councillor from Saijpur-Bogha ward, had been removed from the post of Ahmedabad City Mahila Congress. “We will discuss about Krishna Thakar, Deepak Makwana and Dr Ganpat Parmar once they are suspended from the party,” he said.
Thakar said the Congress was eager to take action against his wife, but looked the other way when a party MP worked for the defeat of C K Patel, the official Congress candidate for Himmatnagar Assembly constituency in 2007.
He quoted Patel as saying in Modasa that the Congress was threatening to take action against indiscipline in the party, but at the same time, appointed those seniors on the core committee who themselves were facing charges of gross indiscipline during the last assembly election.
According to Thakar, those who joined the BJP include Raviraj Thakur, Satish Kanjharia, Bijalbhai Bharvad, KamleshTahiliani, Shobhana Kadam, Artiben Parihar, Anjana Christian and Dr Jitendra Joshi among others.
“We have faxed our resignation letters to the AICC president in protest against the autocratic and arrogance conduct of GPCC leaders,” Thakar said when asked if they had resigned from the Congress before joining the BJP. City Congress president Pankaj Shah said he was unaware of the development.
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