QAhmedabad: PM Modi to Address 2 Rallies in Gujarat Today & More

1. PM Narendra Modi to Land in Gujarat Today, to Address Two Rallies in State

Prime minister Narendra Modi will address two public meetings in Gujarat on Wednesday, 10 April his first visit to his home state since announcement of elections on 10 March, while Congress president Rahul Gandhi is slated to visit the state on 15 April.

Gujarat BJP spokesperson Bharat Pandya told reporters that Modi will address rallies at Junagadh Agricultural University and Songadh in Tapi district. He said that the PM will reach Rajkot at 9.30 am, from where he will travel to Junagadh in a helicopter.

"He will address a public meeting at Junagadh at 10.10 am, and then travel to Songadh, where he will address a meeting at 12.45," he said.

(Source: DNA)

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2. Only Donkeys Can Have 56-Inch Chest: Gujarat Congress Leader

Former Gujarat Congress president Arjun Modhwadia said on Tuesday, 9 April, only donkeys have a 56-inch chest, casting a slur at Prime Minister Narendra Modi that was condemned by the BJP.

Speaking at a rally in Deesa town in Banaskantha district, Modhwadia raked up a 2014 statement by Modi where the prime minister had said only someone like him with a "56-inch chest" can take bold decisions.

"A fit person has a chest of 36 inches, a body-builder can have a chest of 42, it is only donkeys who have a chest of 56 inches, and bulls have a chest of 100 inches," Modhwadia said.

"Bhakts (Modi fans) do not understand this point and are happy when someone says their leader has a 56-inch chest," he said.

(Source: PTI)

3. Lok Sabha Polls: Gulberg Massacre Survivor Contests Against Amit Shah

Two survivors of the 2002 Gulberg Society massacre – Imtiyaz Pathan and Firoz Pathan – have taken the plunge into electoral politics and filed their nominations for Kheda and Gandhinagar Lok Sabha constituencies in Gujarat. The brothers lost 10 family members, including their mother, in the massacre. Imtiyaz is also a prime prosecution witness in the case.

Firoz, 45, is contesting as an independent candidate from Gandhinagar constituency from where BJP president Amit Shah is fighting the Lok Sabha election for the first time, while Imtiyaz, 42, has filed his nomination as a candidate of Apna Desh Party and has been allotted the election symbol of pressure cooker.

Incidentally, Firoz is the one who filed a case against social activist Teesta Setalvad and her husband Javed Anand and a few residents of Gulberg Society, alleging that they had embezzled funds collected for the riot victims of Gulberg.

(Source: The Indian Express)

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4. Lok Sabha Elections: EC Seeks Report on Vaghani’s ‘Haramzada’ Remark on Congress

Gujarat’s Chief Electoral Officer S Murali Krishna on Tuesday, 9 April, ordered an inquiry into the speech of BJP state president Jitu Vaghani who while seeking votes for his party in Surat on Sunday targeted the Opposition Congress and asked voters to “recognise” the “haramzada” (those born illegitimately) who have “sinful minds” and only want to “harass” people.

“Since the incident happened in Surat, the district collector has been asked to conduct an inquiry,” Murali Krishna told The Indian Express. The collector is expected to submit his report on Wednesday, 10 April.

The CEO said he did not receive any complaint against Vaghani’s speech but that the inquiry was initiated on the basis of media reports. “We did not receive any complaint but it was reported in the media, which brought it to our notice,” Murali Krishna said.

(Source: The Indian Express)

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5. Fake Encounter Case: No Govt Nod Needed to Prosecute Cops: Ishrat Jahan’s Mother

Challenging the Gujarat government’s refusal to grant sanction to prosecute two retired IPS officers — D G Vanzara and N K Amin — in the 2004 Ishrat Jahan encounter case, her mother’s lawyer, Vrinda Grover, on Tuesday, 9 April, questioned the very role of Gujarat state in denying the sanction to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for prosecution and said that there was no need for seeking such a sanction from the government in the case.

She also said that the state government “seems to be protecting and shielding the two accused officers”.

Ishrat, a 19-year-old woman from Mumbra near Mumbai, and three others — Javed Shaikh alias Pranesh Pillai, Amjadali Akbarali Rana and Zeeshan Johar — were killed by Gujarat Police in an alleged fake encounter on the outskirts of Ahmedabad on 15 June , 2004. The police had claimed that they had links with terrorists.

(Source: The Indian Express)

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6. BJP's 3-Year Spend on MSP More Than Congress' in 25 Years: CM Vijay Rupani

The government spend on Minimum Support Price (MSP) over the past three years was Rs 2,600 crore as against the Rs 1,200 crore during the 25-year-rule of the Congress party, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani calimed on Tuesday, 9 April.

However, agriculture experts said that during Congress' rule, market price were remunerative and so MSP was not needed. They added that the market prices were subdued during the BJP rule and therefore the government had to intervene to control agrarian distress.

Rupani also said that never before in the history of Gujarat, groundnut farmers got Rs 1,000 per 20 kg. The CM made these statements while launching the Gujarati version of the party's manifesto at 'Kamalam' state BJP headquarters in Gandhinagar.

(Source: DNA)

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