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Gujarat minister shies away from Sanjay Joshi episode

GUJARAT MINISTER for Education, Woman and Child Welfare, Sports, Youth and Cultural Affairs Anandiben Mafatbhai Patel tonight curtly brushed away queries on the Sanjay Joshi CD episode.

india Updated: Jan 04, 2006 14:34 IST
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GUJARAT MINISTER for Education, Woman and Child Welfare, Sports, Youth and Cultural Affairs Anandiben Mafatbhai Patel tonight curtly brushed away queries on the Sanjay Joshi CD episode.

Leading an all-party 21-member delegation that is showcasing development in Gujarat, she spoke about her state’s progress in development in detail. But a mention of Sanjay Joshi, who was once closely associated with the Gujarat BJP and the CD episode, elicited the reply: “We have come here to talk about development, not the CD.”

The Gujarat delegation is on a four-day tour of Madhya Pradesh celebrating the Narendra Modi Government having completing 1,000 days in office. During the visit, the delegation will study best practices of development in State and visit places of cultural and religious importance.

Several other similar delegations from Gujarat are touring other states in the country. Asked if the visit was aimed at boosting Gujarat’s image after the riots, Anandiben blamed the media for showing the State in poor light. “The riots took place in only 13 villages and four towns but it was relayed round the clock by the media as if the riots had taken place in entire Gujarat.”

She pointed out that the media highlighted that the Government would not allow Muslim children to take their high school and higher secondary examinations and this issue was raised in the Lok Sabha too. “In fact, the Government made arrangements that the students, irrespective of their community, be picked up and dropped at their examination centres.”

She said, today industrialists preferred Gujarat to other states because of the facilities available and its industry-friendly atmosphere. In the field of education, health, infrastructure, power, roads the state too had done well. She said tourism was an area Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat could jointly work on.

Earlier, at a function tonight Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan welcomed the delegation members with mementos at Hotel Lake View Ashoka. He said Madhya Pradesh would like to draw lessons from Gujarat’s experiments on development.

Gujarat had shown how development could be achieved with public participation in the field of water conservation etc. He said Government alone could not ensure development.

The delegation comprises Gujarat Minster for Forest Jaswant Singh Bhanbhor, Members of Parliament Harin Bhai Patha, Alka Ben Kshatriya and Janati Bhai Barot, MLAs Narayan Bhai Patel, Balvant Singh Rajput, Jothaji Takhar, Maizi Bhai Desai, Shankar Bhai Choudhari, Kanti Bhai Lakam, Moham
mad Husan Shekh, Ramila Ben Bara, Bharat Bhai Pandya, Hemaji Rajput and Darshibhai Khanpura.

Madhya Pradesh Minister for Public Works Kailash Vijayvargiya, Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Narottam Mishra, Minister of State for Forest Prakash Sonkar and senior officers were present on the occasion.

First Published: Jan 04, 2006 14:34 IST