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Activist Shabnam Hashmi quits govt panels

PTI  New Delhi, December 28, 2012
First Published: 21:14 IST(28/12/2012) | Last Updated: 21:16 IST(28/12/2012)

Social activist Shabnam Hashmi on Friday quit five government panels, including Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE), alleging Congress "connivance" to ensure Narendra Modi's victory in Gujarat Assembly elections but did not say how.

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Hashmi, the founder member of NGO Anhad, resigned from membership of Maulana Azad Education Foundation, National Monitoring Committee for Minority Education (NMCME), National Literacy Mission Council (NLM) and Assessment and Monitoring Authority of Planning Commission besides CABE.

She said she was resigning from all government committees as a protest against the "betrayal" of the aspirations of the marginalised people of Gujarat to throw out the Modi regime.

"There was a strong wave against Modi. The anti-Modi wave was not reflected in the electoral verdict. No way Modi could have won. There was subversion and manipulation. Some part of it was done by the party leading the UPA," she said, referring to Congress.

She, however, did not explain how Congress had helped in Modi's victory, saying she does not "know how it happened".

She said an independent investigation should be held into the Gujarat election verdict to especially look at the presence of foreign diplomats and journalists in the state just before the polls on December 13 and 17.

In a statement, she said she felt "deeply disturbed at the betrayal" of the hard work and faith of thousands of activists who worked in Gujarat against the regime of Modi and also crores of Gujaratis who voted against him in the Assembly election.

"There was a strong anti-Modi wave but suddenly everything changed between December 15 evening and 17th morning. To the best of my understanding and experience of working as a social-political activist for 30 years, the overnight reversal and the following victory of the regime was not possible without the connivance of the political party that leads the UPA," she alleged.

"I also demand that use of EVM machines should be abandoned in any future elections. If Gujarat was used as the laboratory of the hate ideology it can also be used as the laboratory of undermining the democracy in India," Shabnam Hasmi alleged.

Seeking to justify her claim about Congress connivance, she said, "This is my apprehension because sheer experience and working on the ground has made me feel that Modi was losing. When in 2007 we talked about Hindutva terror network, people laughed at us. But later it was proved."


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