Modi got a jolt at the hustings

With Congress winning seven of the 27 nagarpalikas, Bhartiya Janata Party has suffered a set back in Gujarat. Congress had control of only one of these Nagarpalikas earlier. The result is being seen as a jolt to Chief Minister Narendra Modi.

Counting of votes of 27 Nagarpalikas in Gujarat was held last week. Bhartaiya Janata Party won in 14 Nagarpalikas while Congress got majority in seven. One has gone to BSP and one to NCP. The status of the remaining four nagarpalikas is still not clear even as Gujarat Congress has claimed that it would take control of these nagarpalikas.

In a statement Congress has claimed that it has won 11 Nagarpalikas. It has also claimed that it has snatched nine nagarpalikas from BJP.

Along with the elections of Nagarpalikas, by-elections for the 31 seats in different nagarpalikas were also held. Of these Congress and BJP both have won 15 each. One seat has gone to an independent.

In a clever move of voting politics Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi has appointed UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi’s political advisor Ahmed Patel as member, Gujarat Wakf Board. Congress leaders close to Ahmed Patel said he was not consulted before this appointment. However BJP sources said that there should be one member of parliament of the state as member of this board, therefore Ahmed Patel was selected.

Last week, along with the appointments in some other boards and corporations, the Chief Minister also cleared several appointments in minority community related corporation and Wakf board.

Shri Imtiyaz Khan Pathan has been appointed Chairman, Minority Finance and Development Corporation, while Shri Kadarbhai Salot is appointed Deputy Chairman and Shri Mohsin Lokhandwala is appointed member of this corporation.

New members of Gujarat State Wakf Board are: Shri Ahmedbhai Patel, A.I.Saiyad, Sajjad Hira, Sabirbhai Kabliwala (Congress MLA from Ahmedbad), Sirajbhai Makadia, Aamadbhai Jat, Badaruddin Halani and Rafiqbhai Lalbhai Kundiwala.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 March 2011 on page no. 10

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