Guj BJP leaders in verbal spat at public function
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Last Updated: Monday, July 19, 2010, 23:33
Narmada: Two senior BJP leaders of Gujarat, including a minister, were involved in a verbal spat at a public function here during which one of them walked off for not being invited to the podium to speak.

An agitated Bharuch MP Mansukh Vasva also accused state Forests and Environment Minister Mangu Patel of insulting him by not inviting him for a speech at the Garib Kalyan Mela, organised yesterday at Sagbara in this district, which falls under his Parliamentary constituency.

"You have not called me to speak during the function. You are insulting me in my own constituency," Vasava told Patel from the stage in front of packed audience.

Patel tried to placate Vasava, but the MP refused to budge and went on to say, "I have been working for the tribal since many years and this is my home. Why have I not be called to speak when my name was on the invitation card?"

Sensing the temper of MP going soar, the organisers switched off the microphone following which Vasava walked off the stage and boycotted the mela.

"While chief minister (Narendra Modi) wants to eliminate middle men by organising such melas, the tribal secretary was giving back door entry to middlemen," Vasava alleged while speaking to media persons later.

Vasava further alleged that the tribal secretary was using NGOs of his choice for implementing the tribal welfare schemes such as Van Bandhu Kalyan Yojna.

"The secretary is involved in corruption in the implementation of tribal schemes. I have also complained in writing to the Tribal Welfare minister, but till date I have not got any reply," the MP claimed.

When asked whether he expects disciplinary action for his behaviour, Vasava said, "I will fight for the truth and the welfare of the tribals. I don't care what the consequences be."

However, the Garib Kalyan Mela continued as per schedule despite temporary disturbance caused due to Vasava's outburst.


First Published: Monday, July 19, 2010, 23:33

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