Gandhinagar: Opposition Congress staged
a walkout from Gujarat Assembly today on the issue of
allotment of forest land to adivasi population, alleging that
the ruling BJP was anti-tribal.
During the Question-Answer Session of the State Assembly,
Congress alleged that the state government was not giving land
to tribals as per rules described in the Forest Rights Act
Congress MLA from Dediapada in south Gujarat Amarsingh
Vasava had asked the question on the status of applications
under FRA of Tapi district.
Leader of Opposition Shaktisingh Gohil said in the last
three years, 11,947 applications have been made under the Act,
out of which only 728 have been approved while 3,148 have been
rejected and over 8,000 applications were still pending.
He said despite certification from Gram Sabha, the
applications of tribals under the FRA were being rejected.
Minister of Forest and Environment Mangubhia Patel said
that every genuine application for forest land would be
He further said since 1966, the Gujarat government had
given forest lands to 45,000 tribals even before the FRA was
While the minister was speaking, Congress members stood
up and started shouting slogans saying that injustice was
being done to tribals under the Narendra Modi government.
Following noisy scenes for a few minutes, they walked
out of the House.
After the Question Answer Session, Legislative Affairs
Minister Dilip Sanghani raised the walkout issue by the
Opposition when the minister was giving a reply.
He said the Opposition did not listen to the answer
given by the Forest Minister and staged a walkout and demanded
that they should apologise for it.
Gohil said that they walked out because rights of tribals
were being curtailed as their applications of land were being
rejected despite certification from Gram panchayats.
Assembly Speaker Ganpat Vasava, after hearing the
ruling party and the Opposition, said the point raised was