Congress leaders detained in Gujarat
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Last Updated: Monday, March 12, 2012, 18:38
Ahmedabad: Top Gujarat Congress leaders and scores of party workers were detained on Monday when they tried to take out a rally from Sabarmati Ashram here to state capital Gandhinagar in protest against the suspension of Opposition leader Shaktisinh Gohil from the state Assembly.

Police thwarted the attempt of Congress workers, who after attending a public meeting at the Ashram tried to take out the march under the banner 'Save Democracy' to Gandhinagar.

Among the leaders who were detained include Gujarat Congress incharge Mohan Prakash, state unit party chief Arjun Modhvadia, Union ministers Dinsha Patel, Tushar Chaudhary and Bharatsinh Solanki, besides hundreds of party workers.

Congress was given permission only to hold a protest and not to march to Gandhinagar. Therefore, police had to detain the leaders and party workers by use of force, officials said.

"It is unfortunate that we are not being given the right to protest and our people are being detained," Modhvadia said.

Congress was protesting against Gohil's suspension from the Assembly on March 2 for the entire Budget session following his refusal to tender an apology in the House for allegedly calling state agriculture minister Dilip Sanghani, known to be close to Chief Minister Narendra Modi, a partner of the Adani Group.

Earlier, the Congress had sought permission from the Gandhinagar district administration to protest in front of the state Assembly, but it was denied owing to the election code of conduct as by-poll to Mansa Assembly constituency will be held soon.

Modhvadia alleged that the Speaker's decision to suspend Gohil was a "ploy" by the state government as it feared being exposed on the issue of corruption.

Meanwhile, Congress MLAs disrupted the proceedings of the Gujarat Assembly after news of the party leaders' detention reached them.

They raised the issue on the floor of the House and resorted to anti-government sloganeering, which lasted for ten minutes.

Speaker Ganpat Vasava adjourned the House for 10 minutes following the ruckus.


First Published: Monday, March 12, 2012, 18:38

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