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Gujarat snippets

Gujarat snippets

india Updated: Dec 02, 2007 01:50 IST

Some of the leading dissidents in the Gujarat BJP cannot bring themselves to sever links with the party, despite knowing full well that with Narendra Modi at the helm, they have no future in it. It took a visit from Arun Jaitley to get the sulking ex-chief minister Keshubhai Patel to publicly affirm he supported the party in the polls. Another former CM, Suresh Mehta, declared on Saturday for the umpteenth time that he would quit the BJP, but still balked at saying precisely when. It was as if he was imploring the party to request him to stay back and rehabilitate him. No one in the BJP so far has.

Politicians stay away from unlucky town

Dhrol town in Saurashtra’s Jamnagar district has acquired a notorious reputation. No politician wants to campaign here as it is supposed to be unlucky. Locals still recall that former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi imposed Emergency just after addressing a rally in Dhrol in June 1975. Madhavsinh Solanki addressed a rally here 10 years later when he was chief minister, and immediately afterwards had to make way for Amarsinh Chaudhary.

MLA gives guards slip, visits Somnath Temple

Remember the walrus-mustachioed Haresh Bhatt, MLA from Godhra, one of those caught waxing eloquent – and embarrassingly for his party – on the Tehelka sting tape about the 2002 riots? It was no surprise when he was denied a ticket this time. What did surprise was the

Bajrang Dal leader’s disappearance immediately afterwards. His security guards contacted police headquarters in panic: Bhatt was not to be found! He surfaced a day later, saying he had been to Somnath with his family, giving his poor guards the slip – just for kicks!

Ramayana meet at Gujarat Vidyapeeth

Is it a planned move or mere serendipity? The much respected Gujarat Vidyapeeth in Ahmedabad inaugurated a conference on the Ramayana on Saturday. More than 70 scholars have gathered from across the country to deliberate on “World peace and the Ramayana in the context of terrorism”.

Any reference to Ram must be Ram dhun to Modi’s years as polling date draws near. Those who see more in it than meets the eye recall that the Vidyapeeth, for all its present harping on peace, had refused to host a peace meeting during the Gujarat riots.