Vadodara: The opposition Congress on Sunday clarified that the notice given for a no confidence motion against the Gujarat Assembly Speaker was not aimed at
"targeting" him for being a tribal as projected by the ruling BJP.
Nineteen Congress legislators on Thursday gave a notice for a no trust motion against Speaker Ganpat Vasava after he had asked opposition leader Shaktisinh Gohil to apologise for his remarks on floor of House that `Gujarat government was working in collusion with Adani Group`.
Gohil was suspended on March 2 for the entire budget session, following his refusal to tender an apology over the remarks.
"Congress party had welcomed the appointment of tribal leader Vasava as the speaker and had even supported his candidature....So the question of opposing Vasava does not arise," the Deputy leader of Congress Legislature Party in Gujarat Assembly Mohansinh Rathwa said to sources.
"What we are opposed to was suspension of the Leader of Opposition Shaktisinh Gohil from the House for entire Budget session through undemocratic means and without proper investigation into the House proceedings," he said.
BJP is trying to drive a wedge by dubbing our notice against Speaker as "anti-tribal" and is projecting us as being against Vasava personally, which is not true, Rathwa said, adding the Speaker was above any caste and religion.
Meanwhile, former chief minister and senior Congress leader Shankersinh Vaghela today said the party workers would gherao the Assembly complex on March 12 if Gohil`s suspension was not revoked by Friday. He was talking to reporters here after participating in the party`s Jan Sampark rally.