Gujarat Congress writes to Vijay Rupani, seeks special Assembly session to discuss Patidar quota agitation

Ahmedabad: Congress has written a letter to Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani, calling for a special session of the Assembly to discuss a host of issues, including the government's failure to withdraw police cases against Patidar quota agitation leaders.

The Leader of Opposition Paresh Dhanani, who has written the letter, said the BJP government has "failed" to fulfil promises made in the run up to the 2017 Assembly elections and this issue should be discussed in the House.

File photo of Vijay Rupani. PTI

File photo of Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani. PTI

In a statement, Dhanani said he has written to Rupani demanding a special session of the Assembly to discuss, among others things, the issue of "the government's failure to withdraw police cases against Patidar leaders pertaining to the reservation agitation despite promising the same".

The special session was required as the Rupani government has gone back on a number of promises made before the elections, the senior Congress MLA said.

There was also a need to discuss why "no action has been taken by the government against the perpetrators of inhuman action against the Patidars" during the 2015 quota stir, he said.

Nearly a dozen people were killed when the stir took a violent turn three years ago.

In an attempt to appease the politically influential Patidar community ahead of the December 2017 polls, the BJP government had announced it will withdraw police cases against its members who took part in the reservation stir.

However, police cases, including those related to sedition, against Patidar leaders have not been withdrawn yet, Dhanani maintained.

The Leader of Opposition also raised the issue of "exorbitant" fees charged by private schools and sought the government reply on its "inaction" against such schools.

"The Fee Regulation Act was brought before the 2017 Assembly elections to curb exorbitant fees charged by private schools. But after the polls, the education minister said fees (set by these schools) will have to be paid," Dhanani said. "The government has gone back on its promise to control fees and this issue needs to be discussed in the Assembly."

Dhanani alleged the BJP government wasted the Narmada waters for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's "seaplane show" ahead of the 2017 elections. In December, Modi, who campaigned extensively in Gujarat, took a seaplane ride from the Sabarmati river in Ahmedabad to Dharoi Dam in north Gujarat, and returned after offering prayers at the famous Ambaji Temple and holding a road show.

"Today farmers are being deprived of water and the state government has failed to help them," he said. Dhanani also raised the issue of "delays" in payment of insurance money to "farmers who have paid huge premium to insurance companies under the crop insurance scheme".

The Congress leader raised the issue of frequent fires in godowns storing government-procured groundnut in Saurashtra. He alleged the government procured groundnut "to benefit middlemen and godowns were set on fire to destroy the evidence of procurement of poor quality groundnut".

Cases of atrocities on Dalits, slow investigation in the multi-crore bitcoin case in which a former minister is allegedly involved and reduction of excise duty on petrol and diesel to give respite to consumers are some other issues that Dhahani wanted to be discussed in the special session.

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Updated Date: Jun 02, 2018 18:01:54 IST

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