Times of India | 1 week ago | 24-11-2022 | 08:12 am
Rivaba’s Entry Sets Up A Riveting Battle In Jamnagar. While The 32-Year-Old BJP Candidate’s Official Opponent Is Congress’s Bipendrasinh Jadeja, Her Real Opponent Is Her Sister-In-Law Naynaba Who Is Supporting Jadeja And Working Overtime To Undermine Rivaba’s Influence. A statue of the former swashbuckling allrounder Vinoo Mankad on Jamnagar’s Bhidbhanjan Road is emblematic of this historic city’s contribution to Indian cricket. The legendary K S Ranjitsinh of the royal Nawanagar family has etched his name in the annals of the game’s history, immortalized through India’s oldest first-class tournament, the Ranji Trophy. This rich legacy continued in 2007 when a watchman’s son, Ravindra Jadeja, burst onto the cricket scene and became an inseparable part of the Indian squad for his powerful stroke play, flummoxing batsmen with his spin and lightning-fast fielding. With his wife, Rivaba, being chosen by the BJP to fight from the Jamnagar North seat, Sir Jadeja – as he is fondly called – has switched to batting for his mate. As the December 1 polling date nears, he has hit the streets of Jamnagar to campaign for Rivaba. Accompanied by drum-beating cheerleaders, Rivaba fans out in her constituency where people, primarily women and young girls, welcome her with traditional tilak and garlands. A surprising participant in her campaign trail is Dharmendrasinh Jadeja, the sitting MLA and Congress turncoat, whom the BJP denied a ticket. Ravindra’s occasional googly often foxes batsmen, but Rivaba has been fielding wrong ones from none other than the cricketer’s sister Naynaba – a committed Congress worker who is working overtime to queer her sister-in-law’s pitch. The latest showdown came on Tuesday when Naynaba accused her of using children for her campaign. She fired a personal salvo, claiming Rivaba had not changed her surname even six years after marriage. “She goes by Rivaba Solanki (Ravindrasinh). Does she want to use her husband’s name only for publicity and to garner votes?” she said. Rivaba hit back, accusing the Congress of raking up technicalities in the change of surname to compensate for their lack of developmental ideas. “Such allegation only exposes the Congress’s mindset,” says the 32-year-old, who has promised to make Jamnagar a Smart City. Her closest opponent, Bipendrasinh Jadeja of the Congress, is the Jamnagar Chamber of Commerce & Industry president. “I am not a celebrity,” he clarifies, beginning his address to people. He goes on to insist that his three decades of trade experience will come in handy to resolve nagging industry issues. He dismisses Rivaba as an ‘outsider’ and ‘amateur’. “She doesn’t live in Jamnagar and frequently goes on foreign jaunts,” says Jadeja, a businessman in the brass parts industry. Jamnagar is India’s biggest brass parts manufacturing centre. The products range from the temples of spectacles to door hinges, and from bicycle tube valves to aeroplanes. It employs about 2. 5 lakh people. The two major oil refineries – Reliance and Nyara (formerly Essar) – have spurred this sleepy city’s economy in the past two decades. Smalland mediumsized businesses flourished but Jamnagar’s water scarcity problem continues despite the monsoon bounty that has been leaving this onceparched city and district stranded for days. While law and order may not be a severe issue for voters,impudent land-grabbing by the mafia headed by the fugitive gangster, Jayesh Patel, has been the talk of the town for the past two years. The police attached as many as 254 plots forcefully usurped by the gang and have arrested 12 members. Along with a host of water supply projects dedicated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently, the BJP is strongly showcasing the globally prestigious WHO Global Centre For Traditional Medicine, whose foundation stone was laid by the PM in the presence of WHO director-general Tedros Ghebreyesus last year. Another seat to watch out for is Jamnagar South, where two Leuva Patels have been pitted against each other. The BJP, which has never lost this seat since 1985, has fielded Divyesh Akbari, a three-time councillor and former chairman of the municipal corporation’s standing committee, while the Congress has picked up brass businessman Manoj Kathiriya. This segment has 1. 86 lakh voters, of which the highest number (40,000) of voters belong to the minority community. However, the BJP is banking on the Patidar, Brahmin, Jain, Vaniya and Lohana communities who have ensured saffron victory for years. Also, the outcome of the Kalavad (SC) seat, held by the Congress, is expected to throw some surprises with BJP candidate Meghji Chavda’s selection sparking severe resentment among the BJP cadre. There were 55 other claimants for this seat, and they have alleged that Chavda’s candidature brazenly smacks of nepotism. The saffron party has also taken a gamble on the Jamnagar Rural seat by fielding MLA Raghavji Patel, the once BJP baiterturned-loyalist who lost the 2017 poll on a BJP ticket. Patel won the 2019 by-election by a margin of around 33,000 votes. His nearest opponent is the Congress’s Jivan Kumbharvadiya who lost the Jamnagar North seat in 2017. The same year, BJP won two of the five seats in Jamnagar. A pitched battle is on the cards in this cricket-crazy region, but only the results on December 8 will reveal which players will sit on the benches, awaiting the next chance.
Assam Chief Minister and one of the star campaigners of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Gujarat elections, Himanta Biswa Sarma, on Monday launched an attack on opposition Congress for providing such an eco-system to the country where issues likes love jihad became very easy, and called for a law against love jihad that is possible “only in the BJP government under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi”.On his second visit to Gujarat for campaigning, Sarma raised the infamous Delhi murder case involving Aftab Poonawala and Shraddha Walkar from Mumbai, which he had raised during his earlier visit also.The Assam CM said that before her murder, Shraddha had lodged a complaint with Maharashtra police against Aftab but an FIR was not registered. “At that time, the government in Maharashtra was that of Shiv Sena, Congress and Nationalist Congress Party… because of Congress’s politics of appeasement, a special class has got freedom to do whatever they want… ‘you do anything and law will not touch you’. It is because of Congress’s appeasement that the country has started seeing incidents like that of Aftab-Shradhha.”Sarma mentioned that Shraddha was cut into 34 pieces and such gruesome murder is possible only if some other agenda was attached to it. “Else, you will never cut a person, with whom you have lived for some time, into 34 pieces,” he said.“Therefore, I believe that the country needs a law against love jihad. And it can be possible only in the BJP government under the leadership of Narendra Modi,” Sarma said.Defending his statement that Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has started looking like Saddam Hussain (former chief of Iraq), Sarma said, “Some people from Congress got unhappy (with my comment). What is there to be unhappy about? I did not call him Bahadur Shah Zafar (the last emperor of the Mughal dynasty). I only said that your face looks like Saddam (Hussain). Remove the beard and again you will look like Rahul (Gandhi). What is the problem? That is my assessment. You are giving it publicity by trolling me,” Sarma said.Mentioning about the BJP manifesto for the Gujarat elections, Sarma said that the issues like checking love jihad, commitment for Uniform Civil Code, work against radicalisation, increasing medical insurance for poor from Rs 5 lakh to Rs 10 lakh, resolve against terrorism, announcement to express readiness to hold Olympics, etc., have come up during the Gujarat elections.“The country has started feeling the agenda of 2024 (Lok Sabha elections) on which issues the 2024 elections will be fought,” he said, adding that Congress did not control terrorism in the country, but it was done by PM Modi after 2014.Sarma said that the BJP is set to win more than 150 seats in the current state assembly elections and more than 400 in the 2024 Lok Sabha elections.In reply to a question whether he was trying to polarise Hindu voters in Gujarat, Sarma said, “What is the problem in it? Don’t Hindus have a right to talk like a political force? Is it only the right of (Asaduddin) Owaisi to polarise? ”“We too have a right to talk about Sanatan Sanskruti in India, to talk about Hindu asmita (pride) and also talk against the exploitation of women in Muslim community. Why do you think that by talking about Hindu pride, the country will be polarised?”Replying to a question on radicalisation, Sarma said that nobody is saying that an entire community is radicalised. “There are patriots in that community as well. But unfortunately, Popular Front of India (PFI) and Students’ Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) also come from that community. So, we have to accompany the patriots from that class and destroy the radicals.”In its manifesto, the BJP has promised to have a cell against radicalisation. Sarma said that we need to have a “vaccine” against radicalisation.Sarma also campaigned for BJP candidates Hardik Patel in Viramgam and Alpesh Thakor in Gandhinagar South constituencies later in the day. In Motera area of Ahmedabad, which falls under Gandhinagar South constituency, Sarma participated in a programme organised by the local Assamese population.
GANDHINAGAR: BJP leader and Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said on Monday that the murder of Shraddha Walkar involving her live-in partner Aaftab Poonawala is a fallout of the Congress’ appeasement politics and called for a law to tackle incidences of “love jihad”. Speaking to reporters at the state BJP headquarters, Sarma alleged “love jihad” incidents became normal in India because of an “eco-system created by Congress”. “Because of the appeasement politics of Congress, a particular class of people started thinking that authorities will not touch them no matter what they do. That is why we are now seeing such cases. Love jihad incidents became normal in India because of an ecosystem created by Congress,” Sarma said while referring to the Walkar murder case. “People like Aaftab are still under the impression that they can do whatever they want and nothing will happen to them. I believe the country needs a strong law to deal with ‘love jihad’ and it can be done only under the leadership of PM Narendra Modi,” he added. He said that terrorism couldn’t be contained under Congress’ rule because of its “appeasement politics”. “After 2014, you must have observed, the word terrorism has become almost obsolete. Terrorism could not be contained during the Congress rule because of appeasement politics,” he claimed. Sarma also stressed the need for the implementation of a Uniform Civil Code in the country and claimed B R Ambedkar was in favour of the UCC but Jawaharlal Nehru (the first PM of independent India) stalled his plans.
AHMEDABAD: As Rajkot police and later CID (crime) have been unable to trace a minor girl for more than three years, in a case of alleged elopement, the Gujarat high court asked the deputy inspector general (DIG) of police to take appropriate action against the erring police officials. The bench headed by Justice A J Desai directed the DIG concerned to look into the investigation carried out for the last three years to find the minor girl form Rajkot and come up with a report on it by December 19. A 14-year-old girl had eloped with one Saddam Makwana alias Ghugho in May 2019. The girl’s father lodged an FIR at Gandhigram police station in Rajkot. The police filed a summary report in court, saying Makwana was not traceable. The complainant approached the HC through advocate Nirav Sanghavi and filed a habeas corpus petition. The HC did not find the police’s action of filing a summary report appropriate and ordered it to continue the investigation. The HC directed a deputy commissioner of police in Rajkot to supervise the probe. However, the investigation did not yield results and the HC transferred the probe to CID (crime) January 2022 and asked the agency to intensify the search for the girl. The agency recorded the statement of a woman, at whose place Makwana had stopped for a while after the elopement. The woman told the court that her statement was recorded ten times. When the case came up for hearing last week, Sanghavi submitted that it has been more than three years and police have not been able to locate the girl. This led the bench to order the DIG to supervise the probe and permitted the top cop to take action against erring police officials.
According to data from the CID Crime Missing Cell, about 10-15% persons listed as missing over the last several years may have returned home, yet they remain “technically” missing in police records.Among missing children, a total of 58 missing children from 20 districts were found by police. After deletion of their names from the missing list, 2,610 children are still missing in Gujarat.A year ago in October 2021, a total of 166 such “technically missing” persons had been stricken from police records in Ahmedabad city after CID Crime found most of these people had returned home but were still reported missing in their records.The scope of the problem is much worse in Surat, where, in September 2022, a whopping 646 people (19 children and 617 adults), some of them reported missing more than a decade ago, were “officially” said to have returned home after police officials struck them off their record books.Looking for missing people is tough for police as desperate families reach police stations immediately to file a complaint of a missing person but don’t show the same enthusiasm to approach police when he or she returns. An officer said, “However, all the blame cannot be laid at the feet of the people. In most cases, if the missing person or child is not found after two months, the file becomes dormant.”DySP Satish Chaudhary, who heads the Missing Cell in CID Crime, told Mirror, “We have seen that missing people who return home within 3 months, actually inform the police of their return. However, beyond that period there’s lack of communication between families of missing persons and police due to transfer of constables or ASIs probing the case. After trying to report once or maybe twice, the families stop trying and these people continue to show up as missing long after they return.”
ByMayur JoshiThe state police are waxing eloquent on seizing liquor in the poll season, but that is all there is to it because all accused in such prohibition cases go scot-free without conviction from the courts. The main reason thereof appears to be the fact that the police don’t include the expert opinion (of an FSL officer) that the seized liquid was liquor, in the charge-sheet. So if it is not proved whether the bottles seized in prohibition cases have liquor or not, the benefit of doubt goes to the accused.Every year, Gujarat sees thousands of prohibition cases being filed and the police receive praise regardless of whether they’ve seized one bottle or a 1,000 of them. Not a single conviction has been made in any small or big cases. Even bootleggers have no fear of this law and that is why they go back to the illegal business after being released from one case. There are many bootleggers in Gujarat who have more than two dozen prohibition cases filed against them, but they haven’t been convicted in a single one.No expert opinion on seized liquidIn any charge-sheet about prohibition cases, no expert opinions are sought on whether the liquid seized is liquor or not. And in cases where multiple bottles are seized, there is no provision to send them to the lab for examination. Thus, there is no such report annexed in the charge-sheet. Due to incomplete investigation, not a single case of prohibition is proved.-Bharat Shah, president of Metro Court Bar AssociationIncomplete charge sheets benefit accusedWhile liquor bottles have stickers saying that they are for sale in Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan or Daman and Diu, it is not investigated how it managed to reach Gujarat. According to the law, the benefit of police negligence goes to the accused and they are let go scot-free. Courts should also not accept incomplete charge-sheets. The govt should give officers training on how to investigate such cases.-Amit Balsari, advocate