Gujarat top cop's salvo drains BJP of energy

Congress members in both Houses of Parliament displayed banners demanding resignation of Gujarat Chief Minster Narendra Modi in the wake of revelations made by suspended IPS officer D G Vanzara’s letter.

In the Rajya Sabha, Congress members effectively used the issue to counter BJP’s attack on missing coal files. The issue found support from non-BJP MPs in Rajya Sabha in post-lunch session and came as embarrassment to the BJP.

As soon as the House met for the day, Congress members stood up to display banners that read “Chief Minister of Gujarat Must Resign”. The BJP members raised the issue of coal block and Samajwadi Party members shouted slogans to demand reservations in promotions for OBCs.

TDP members were on feet to demand “Save Andhra (Pradesh)”.  All these three contributed to adjournments in pre-lunch sitting.

After lunch, the BJP’s attempt to make the missing files the main issue failed. When the House reassembled after an adjournment at 2.30 pm, Deputy Chairman P J Kurien allowed the BJP to raise the issue but some more parties stepped in to raise the issue of Vanzara’s letter. Kurien asked Leader of Opposition to make his points.

But JD-U and SP members stood up and disrupted the proceeding by shouting slogans. CPM members also joined. JD-U member Sabir Ali rushed to the Well of the House to display the letter. The deputy chairman had to warn that he could be “named”.

The House was adjourned. After two adjournments, non-BJP members spoke on the issue. CPM Sitaram Yechury raised the issue and JD-U’s Sivanand Tiwari wanted a statement from the Home Minister.

The Congress and other parties strongly took up the issue before media when they came out of the House. Renuka Chaudhary questioned the morality of the BJP that it is ignoring such a grave issue. She attacked Modi and Amit Shah on the issue of fake encounters. Yechury and D Raja were equally vocal on the issue.

CPM Polit Bureau demanded that Modi should step down from the post of chief minister and Amit Shah’s bail should be cancelled.

It also demanded an inquiry under the supervision of Supreme Court into the video clip showing purported conversation between some BJP leaders on the Tulsiram Prajapati “fake encounter” case.

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