Cong MLAs prevented from attending Modi`s function
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Last Updated: Friday, February 05, 2010, 00:12
Panchmahal/Dahod: Three elected representatives of Opposition Congress were on Thursday detained here to allegedly prevent them from attending an official programme where Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi was to remain present.

The Congress leaders, who were detained citing security reasons, were released after the function 'Garib Kalyan Mela' organised by the state government in Kadana taluka of Panchmahal district, police said.

Congress MLA from Santrampur seat Paranjayadityasinhji Parmar, and Lunawada MLA Hirabhai Patel were detained by Panchmahal police, while Congress MP from Dahod Dr Prabha Taviad was detained by Dahod police.

"Parmar and Patel were detained under section 67 and 69 of the Bombay Police Act and later released after the function was over," Panchmahal superintendent of police J R Mothaliya said.

Mothaliya said the legislators were detained taking into consideration security concerns during the function.

According to Dahod police Sub-Inspector M S Vaghela Taviad was detained and released after the function was over.

"Policemen have been standing outside my house since morning and had asked me not to attend the 'Garib Kalyan Mela' citing security reasons despite me having an official invitation as a people's representative," Parmar said.

"This is dictatorship. I am a representative of the people and I have every right to attend a government function in my constituency," Parmar said.

In Dahod, Tavida was initially stopped from attending a farmers workshop organised by the government, but was later allowed to attend it.

After the workshop when she was going towards Kadana in Panchmahal, Dahod DySP N D Parmara and other women constables stopped her and asked her not to go there.

Taviad argued that Kadana falls under her Lok Sabha constituency and she has every right to attend the government function. But the police remained unperturbed and detained her in Dahod itself.

Congress sources said that after release Taviad and other members of the party submitted a memorandum to the Dahod district collector which said that they have every right to attend the Garib Kalyan mela, but were allegedly detained forcefully.

Condemning the incident, Leader of Opposition in the state assembly Shaktisinh Gohil said that they would give a complaint in this regard to the Governor.

He alleged the Modi government was not following protocol while organising these functions.


First Published: Friday, February 05, 2010, 00:12

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