QAhmedabad: Six of Family With Guj Roots Were on Ethiopian Plane

1. Ethiopian Plane Crash: Six of NRI Family With Gujarat Roots Were on Africa Tour

Six family members of a retired banker of Surat, who were in Canada, died in Sunday’s (10 March) plane crash at Addis Ababa in Ethiopia. Virendra Dixit said that the entire family of his Toronto-based son, Prerit Dixit, his wife and two daughters, died in the crash.

The parents of Prerit’s wife, residents of Ahmedabad, who had been visiting the family, were also among the dead. The six of them had been on a tour of Africa.

Prerit Dixit, 43, a former resident of Udhna Magdalla road in Surat, went to Canada after completing his graduation in Microbiology from Surat and started working as lab technician in a private laboratory in Toronto city.

He married Kosha Vaidya 16 years ago and had two daughters Ashka, 15, and Anushka, 13. Kosha had been living with her brother Manan Vaidya in Toronto before her marriage to Prerit.

(Source: Indian Express)

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2. Two Gujarat Congress MLAs Join BJP

The Congress in Gujarat on Monday, 11 March lost two more of its MLAs to the BJP with three party legislators crossing over to the BJP in the last four days.

Vallabh Dharaviya, who had won from Jamnagar (Rural) Assembly seat on a Congress ticket in the 2017 Assembly polls, resigned as an MLA and also from the party, to join the BJP within hours.

Parsottam Sabariya, who had resigned as an MLA of Dhrangadhra constituency last week, also joined the BJP along with Dharaviya in the presence of its senior leaders IK Jadeja and K C Patel.

With this, the total strength of Congress in Gujarat Assembly has reduced to 71. Both Sabariya and Dharaviya alleged that they quit the Congress because of “internal fighting” in the party, and due to the “development oriented politics of the BJP under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah”.

(Source: Indian Express)

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3. More Congress MLAs in Gujarat May Defect to BJP Soon

The Congress in Gujarat may get more shocking news in the days to come as at least seven MLAs are in talks with the BJP to move over, and one of the names that have come up is that of Limbdi MLA Somabhai Patel.

The Koli community leader has a high level of approval among the voters. It is speculated that if he joins the BJP, he may get a ticket from Surendranagar constituency for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls.

On the other hand, Abdasa MLA Pradyumansinh Jadeja, Somnath MLA Vimal Chudasama, Patan MLA Kirit Patel are among the others who might defect to BJP. Sources from BJP said the possibility of Alpesh Thakor joining the BJP too cannot be ruled out at the moment.

(Source: DNA Ahmedabad)

4. Congress MLA Bhaga Barad Moves Gujarat HC Over Disqualification

Congress MLA Bhaga Barad has moved the Gujarat high court challenging the speaker Rajendra Trivedi's move to disqualify him. The petition is likely to come up for hearing on Tuesday, 12 March. The petition has sought cancellation of both the disqualification order as well as the bypoll that have been announced for the seat which was represented by Barad.

Earlier in the day, Justice RM Chhaya had recused from the case. The petition has challenged the disqualification on the grounds that the Assembly speaker has no power to suspend an MLA in such a matter. It has also challenged the 'illegal' announcement of the Talala bypoll.

The petition by Barad states that he was suspended after being convicted in a case but the power to suspend was beyond the scope of the speaker.

(Source: DNA Ahmedabad)

5. CWC in Gujarat Meet to Come out With Charge Sheet Against Modi Govt

Congress party will come out with a list of failures of ruling Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) during the meeting of Congress Working Committee (CWC) in Ahmedabad on Tuesday, 12 March. It is after a gap of 58 years that CWC meeting is being held in Gujarat.

The meet plans to take the fight to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, by organising CWC meeting in his home state where he was the chief minister between 2001 and 2014.

The CWC meeting and the public meeting on the outskirts of the city will, for the first time, bring Congress president Rahul Gandhi, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi on the same stage.

(Source: DNA Ahmedabad)

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6. Cong to Sound LS Poll Bugle From Modi's Home State at CWC Meet

The Congress is set to give final shape to its strategy for Lok Sabha elections at its working committee meeting in Ahmedabad on Tuesday, 12 March, and will sound the poll bugle from Prime Minister Narendra Modi's home state, party leaders said.

The day-long meeting of the Congress Working Committee (CWC), the party's highest decision-making body, assumes significance as it comes barely two days after declaration of poll schedule for the general elections.

Sources said the Congress is seeking to give a strong political message to the entire nation from the land of Mahatma Gandhi and Sardar Patel, with the party leadership scheduled to hold a prayer meeting Sabarmati Gandhi Ashram in Ahmedabad, followed by the CWC meet at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel national memorial there.

(Source: PTI)

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