Elected representatives of BJP in Gujarat get more vocal on ground-level issues; CM also turns expressive

Gandhinagar: Several leaders including MLAs and corporators of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Gujarat are actively addressing ground-level issues faced by the public. These leaders are openly discussing these issues with the media.

BJP MLA from Manjalpur seat in Vadodara, Yogesh Patel, has written a letter to the district collector alleging a scam regarding non-agricultural land orders and other related issues. In the letter, he requests that decrees issued in the last three years, including N.A.’s decrees, decrees of premium for new condition land, decrees of non-farmers as cultivators, and decrees of giving government lands to other persons, be scrutinized and reopened. The letter asks for a report to be made public within seven days.

MLA from Lathi Vidhansabha seat in Amreli, Janakbhai Talaviya, after receiving information from the public, busted a gambling den. The MLA raided the gambling den operating in a complex in the Damnagar area just 200 meters away from a police station. However, the Dy SP stated that the raided place is not a gambling den but a workplace for online marketing, and the police will take legal action as per the law.

Maninagar MLA and BJP leader Amul Bhatt has written a letter to the DCP (Traffic) regarding the safety of women in the Danilimda area. The MLA stated that vehicles, after being towed, are taken to a plot in Danilimda, and when women go there to reclaim their vehicles, they face misbehavior. The BJP MLA also requested shifting the towing zone to Raipur as there is a large distance between Maninagar and Danilimda.

In Surat, the local corporator of Ward No. 3 of Surat Municipal Corporation, Kanubhai Gedia, has called for the setting up a Manjira (musical instrument) department in the civic body for the slacker officers of the SMC. He alleged that there is an issue with drainage in some areas, and the drainage department officers have been claiming to make a DPR (detailed project report) for the last three years, but no work has been done. So the corporator demands the Manjira department for such officers.

Independent MLA from Bayad seat, who supports BJP, Dhawalsinh Zala, has written a letter inquiring about the delay in bonus for the milk producers from Sabar Dairy. The MLA stated that he had written a letter about the delay in the bonus and it was said that due to the pending election of the chairman, the bonus has not been disbursed. The MLA demands that the bonus of around 300 crore should be given to needy milk producers urgently.

It is also noteworthy that Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel today, using a metaphor, said, “The kettle is always hotter than the tea,” indicating that the officers and aides of ministers often show more arrogance to the public in the name of ministers and leaders. On Thursday, the CM, while discussing the Rajkot fire incident, had said, “Our foremost priority should be the life of a human being. There cannot be any compromise in it, whether it is at the level of officers or (elected) office bearers.” The Chief Minister further added, “When we chase development, it may happen that it does not have any use if we do not take care of those for whom it is being done.”

Referring to the Rajkot game zone fire tragedy, Patel said, “We think that despite doing so much development, we commit some mistakes. Why do such mistakes happen?”

Several complaints have come to light about corruption, police inaction, and negligence by local administration in many places in the state in the recent times. On the other hand, the ruling party’s loss in Banaskantha in the Lok Sabha polls can also be attributed as one of the reasons that public representatives are seen in action. DeshGujarat