Is anti-Asaram outfit ‘Jagega Gujarat’ a mask of Congress?
By Rupang Bhatt,
Ahmedabad, DeshGujarat on 26th of July, 2008
Even very active, experienced and senior journalists in Ahmedabad had never heard about Jagega Gujarat Sangharsh Samiti before Asaram Bapu gurukul’s two boys mysterious death issue came into limelight. In last two weeks, this unregistered, unrecognized outfit Jagega Gujarat Sangharsh Samiti has announced two strikes in Ahmedabad and Gujarat. This outfit also organized a rally in Ahmedabad. Outfit grabbed considerably well media coverage too in Asaram issue. It is a general perception in media and among public that this outfit is self raised peoples body. But is this really a fact?
DeshGujarat investigated in this issue to know basic truth about this outfit whose strike calls resulted in torching of more than 40 vehicles, stone pelting at several places, closure of trade worth millions, and dozens of people injured in Ahmedabad. Interestingly, both strike calls announced by this outfit were supported by Congress party. And when we looked deeper into the organizational structure of Jagega Gujarat Sangharsh Samiti, we found this outfit not only Congress supported one but more or less like a mask and Congress party behind it.
Vice president of Jagega Gujarat Sangharsh Samiti is Mr. Naresh Shah who is secretary of Gujarat pradesh youth Congress. On his visiting card, his office address is shown as Rajeev Gandhi Bhavan, behind V.S. hospital, Paldi, Ahmedabad 7 which is a Gujarat Congress headquarter address. General Secretary of this outfit Mr. Nirav Bakshi is also former General Secretary of NSUI which is a student wing of Congress party. Nirav Bakshi is son of Congress corporater Surendra Bakshi who is leader of opposition in Ahmedabad muncipal Corporation. Gujarat Congress vice president Ashok Punjabi has been appointed as an adviser of this outfit recently after rickshaw union under his leadership supported the strike calls.
However president of Jagega Gujarat Mr. Prakash Kapadiya who has import-export business claims his outfit is non-political. President of another self-created body ‘Gujarat merchant chamber’ Kapadiya says, he himself bared the expenses of 1,30,000 Rs. newspaper advertisements for announcement of strike. He claims he does this only for social cause. He also claims that Narendra Modi does get frightened by his name because of his high voltage public movements such as Octroi abolishment and Asaram issue where government had to succumb. Meeting between governor of Gujarat and Asaram Bapu gurukul’s two dead boys’ parents was also organized by Kapadiya. Kapadiya is not happy with the recent decision of dead boys parents to meet the chief minister to end indefinite fast without getting their demand of CBI probe fulfilled. Parents of dead boys had earlier even not supported Gujarat wide strike call announced by Jagega Gujarat Sangharsh Samiti. Gujarat wide strike call was a failure out of Ahmedabad.
Jagega Gujarat sangharsh samiti is going to organize a press conference on Sunday. Latest demand of this outfit is to kick out Asaram ashram from Ahmedabad and Gujarat! Interestingly this latest demand was originally coined out recently in a Gujarati column by famous columnist whose proximity with Congress is decades long and undoubted. His book was inaugurated by Congress president’s political advisor.
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