Statesman news service
Ahmedabad, 4 September
Seizing the opportunity given by the resignation letter of encounter specialist IPS officer D G Vanzara, the Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee has called a state-wide bandh on Friday.
On the other hand, Gujarat government sources said that Mr Vanzara&’s resignation has not been accepted as he is under suspension and an accused in murder and conspiracy cases.
GPCC president Arjun Modhwadia and Leader of Opposition in the State Assembly Sankersinh Vaghela demanded that Chief Minister Narendra Modi should step down in view of the serious charges levelled against his administration in the resignation letter of the disgraced IPS officer who is behind bars since 2007 for his role in a series of fake encounters.
Quoting from Mr Vanzara&’s resignation letter, Mr Vaghela and Mr Modhwadia said that the contents have clearly revealed that the fake encounters were carried out under ‘monitoring’ and ‘guidance’ of the government of the day led by Chief Minister Narendra Modi.
The leaders said that a ‘shameless’ BJP is ruling by creating fear and demanded that the state should be brought under President&’s rule.
The bandh is being called, the leaders said, to register the people&’s protest against three developments in the last few days ~ the disclosures in the resignation letter of the IPS officer, the CD showing how the BJP leaders have tried to tamper with evidence in the Tulsi Prajapati fake encounter case and the bid to sideline the Lokayukta institution in the state.
Having lost the nearly two-year long legal battle over the appointment of the Lokayukta, the Modi administration has passed a new law that minimises the roles of the Governor and the High Court&’s Chief Justice but gives absolute power to the Chief Minister in the Lokayukta selection process. The Governor has returned the Lokayukta legislation for re-consideration by the Assembly.
Meanwhile, state government sources have clarified that the Centre, and not the state government is the competent authority to either accept or reject Mr Vanzara&’s resignation. Such letters have no relevance as long as the IPS officer is facing inquiries, under suspension or jailed for serious charges, the sources added.