PM goes on TV to seek peace in his home state

Curfew imposed in few parts of Gujarat and stone-pelting reported on Wednesday morning

GN Staff | August 26, 2015


#gujarat   #prime minister   #narendra modi   #hardik patel  

Prime minister Narendra Modi called for calm in Gujarat as violence rocked parts of the state. “We can reach a solution through negotiations,” Modi said in Gujarati in his first reaction to the agitation by the Patel community demanding reservation which turned violent after the leader of the community Hardik Patel was briefly detained by police on Tuesday. A solemn-looking Modi appeared on television and appealed for peace in his home state and said violence does not benefit anybody.

Meanwhile, the centre has rushed additional paramilitary forces. About 5,000 personnel of Rapid Action Force, CRPF and BSF have been sent to assist the local administration in maintaining law and order, especially in all curfew-bound areas.

Incidents of stone-pelting were reported on Wednesday morning from Ahmedabad. As many as 100 buses were torched and property damaged in the violence in Ahmedabad, Surat and Mehsana cities and the towns of Unjha and Visnagar.

“The agitators clashed with the police and members of the lower castes. They have burnt down nine police stations and over three dozen buses,” PC Thakur, Gujarat director general of police said.

“We had to impose a curfew to control the clashes. Offices, trading houses and educational institutions will not open today.”

Official sources said authorities clamped prohibitory orders in several cities and shut down educational institutions after violent protesters torched police stations, burnt government and private vehicles and pelted stones at security personnel.

Union home minister Rajnath Singh spoke to chief minister Anandiben Patel on Wednesday morning and assured full central help to tackle the situation.

Hardik Patel had addressed a rally of the Patels in Ahmedabad which was attended by an estimated half-a-million people. Patel has also called for a state-wide shut-down on Wednesday to press for the community’s demand seeking reservation in government jobs and colleges under the other backward class category (OBC).

"If you do not give our right (reservation), we will snatch it. Whoever will talk of interest of Patels will rule over Patels," Hardik told the gathering on Tuesday. The Gujarat government had earlier rejected the demand.

Under a supreme court ruling, reservations cannot cross the 50A% mark in any state which Gujarat has already reached.

 

Comments

 

Other News

New study tracks heat wave; exposes dangerous trends in big cities

An unprecedented heat wave has been enveloping Indian cities, worsening the urban heat island effect, this summer. A new analysis by Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) says there are far deeper and longer term evidences on the nature of this changing trend that is impacting the biggest cities of the

Phase 6: Voter turnout 59.06% at 7:45 PM

Polling in the sixth phase of General Elections 2024 which commenced across 58 PCs recorded an approximate voter turnout of 59.06% as of 7:45 pm Saturday. In spite of hot weather in certain parts of the country, voters were undeterred in their enthusiasm as they were seen queuing up patient

Banks not adhering to RBI guidelines, finds study

Banks across India are levying inconsistent service charges on basic savings accounts. A study, “Benchmarking Reasonableness of Service Charges by Banks in India”, uncovers and exposes inconsistencies in adherence to RBI mandates by banks. It finds some banks impose charges exceeding reasonable

“Mumbai Infra boom similar to that of Manhattan in 19th C”

Mumbai’s ongoing infrastructure boom – with a new coastal road, Atal Setu, metro lines and much more – creating transport corridors – is comparable to that of Manhattan in New York during 1811-1870, according to BMC commissioner Bhushan Gagrani. The iconic projects being implemented

Global Gandhi: How the Mahatma captured the world’s imagination

Gandhi’s Australia, Australia’s Gandhi By Thomas Weber Orient BlackSwan, 348 pages, Rs 1,800  

Urban apathy in Mumbai, Maharashtra sees 49% voting

Polling in the fifth phase of General Elections 2024 which commenced at 7 am on Monday simultaneously across 49 PCs recorded an approximate voter turnout of 57.47% as of 7:45 pm. Voters came out in large numbers braving hot weather in many parts of the states that went for polls on Monday.

Visionary Talk: Amitabh Gupta, Pune Police Commissioner with Kailashnath Adhikari, MD, Governance Now


Archives

Current Issue

Opinion

Facebook Twitter Google Plus Linkedin Subscribe Newsletter

Twitter