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CM, BJP pushed Gujarat into fire of reckless violence: Cong

Security personnel remain vigilant after clashes

New Delhi: As Rahul Gandhi targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the violence in Gujarat, Congress today accused the Chief Minister and BJP of pushing the state into a “fire of reckless violence…and complete lawlessness”.

It blamed the Prime Minister and the Anandiben Patel government for “failure” to handle the situation arising out of the quota agitation which led to “complete breakdown of law and order” in the state and left 9 people dead, army being called in to assist the administration in four towns and curfew being imposed in several areas..

The Gujarat government and BJP have pushed the state into a “fire of reckless violence…and complete lawlessness”, the party’s chief spokesman Randeep Surjewala told reporters here.

On whether the BJP-run state has become a “fit case” for imposition of President’s rule, Surjewala said, “Gujarat CLP made the demand for removal of the Chief Minister yesterday. There is complete breakdown of law and order and the Chief Minister is unable…..to handle the situation. I will reserve my comments. We will look at the situation in the next few days.”

His remarks came close on the heels of Rahul Gandhi targeting the Prime Minister on the Gujarat situation, saying it was a repercussion of the “politics of anger” pursued by Modi.

“Our Prime Minister Modi is doing politics of anger and such politics has repercussions for the country which you are seeing in Gujarat,” the Congress Vice President told reporters after addressing a farmers’ rally near Srinagar during his 3-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir.

In Gujarat Assembly, Congress has demanded resignation of the Chief Minister dubbing her as “incompetent and lacking skill and experience” in handling the agitation.

Replying to a volley of questions, Surjewala, however, steered clear of the demand by the influential Patel community for reservation.

“If a person, group or a particular community has any grievance and demand, then it should be resolved by holding a dialogue…I do not want to resort to politics by saying anything more on the issue in the current situation”, he said.

Posing questions to the Prime Minister and the Chief Minister, Surjewala expressed surprise over the CM’s statement that she never ordered police lathi charge or firing on agitators as he sought to know whether it meant that the Gujarat admininstration “is being run from the PMO?”

Asked as to why Congress was blaming the Prime Minister, Surjewala said that Modi had set up the Gujarat model of governance which has kept farmers, poor and the young “away from the process of development” which “benefited only a few crony capitalists”.

The party said that what was being witnessed in Gujarat now was the manifestation of “complete disillusionment” of the people in the state as 90 per cent were kept away from paradigm of development and devoid of any social security cover.

Surjewala condemned the “dictatorial behaviour” of the state government by shutting down SMS, Whatsapp and Internet services in the state in the wake of the violence.

He also accused the state police of highhandeness and beating up people mercilessly even in their homes.

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