Guj Assembly adjourned over Wikileaks cable

Gujarat Assembly was adjourned with Opposition Congress demanding discussion on a Wikileaks cable citing "big ticket corruption" in the state.

Last Updated: Mar 23, 2011, 19:30 PM IST

Gandhinagar: Gujarat Assembly was on Wednesday adjourned with Opposition Congress demanding discussion on a
Wikileaks cable citing "big ticket corruption" in the state.

Leader of Opposition Shaktisinh Gohil, at the
beginning of the Question and Answer Session, said that
Congress has accessed a cable, released by Wilileaks, of the
US Consul General of Mumbai, which said there was a "big
ticket corruption" in Gujarat.
However, Gohil could neither provide copy of the
leaked cable nor was he able to clarify from where he had
accessed it.

Gohil demanded in the House that there should be
immediate discussion on the issue of the cables released by
the Wikileaks.

Speaker Ganpat Vasava said he would grant time to
Opposition to have a debate on the issue of the leaked US
cables only after the Question and Answer Session was over.

Congress was not satisfied with the reply and their
members started raising anti-government slogans following
which Vasava adjourned the House for an hour.
BJP legislators also started raising slogans against
alleged corruption of Congress at the national level.

Opposition members later shouted slogans in the lobby
of the House against chief minister Narendra Modi and the
state government.

Gohil later told reporters that he had accessed a
cable, released by Wikileaks, of the US consul general without
mentioning the sources.

"The cable says that there is big ticket corruption in
Gujarat," he said.

A newspaper had yesterday published details of a cable
of Wikileaks which had reportedly brought to the fore the
double standards of US on Modi.

After revoking the visa of Modi in 2005 due to the
post-Godhra riots of 2002, the US consul general in Mumbai
Micheal S Owen, in 2006, had written in a cable that "it is
important to engage the Gujarat Chief Minister for future".

Modi had yesterday welcomed the cable saying that he
has been termed "incorruptible".

PTI