Paper leaks, failure of law & order denting Gujarat’s identity: GPCC president Gohil

A series of exam question paper leaks, a lack of balanced growth and a deteriorating law and order situation has dented the identity of Gujarat, said Shaktisinh Gohil who took charge as the Gujarat Congress president in Ahmedabad on Sunday.

Noting that a lack of fixed pay, unemployment, farmer’s issues, gauchar (encroachment) land and a poor Minimum Support Price (MSP) to farmers continue to plague the state, he also appealed to the people across the state to support the Congress in its mission to make the state a true model of inclusive growth.

“A few people — the names we can count in a breath — in Gujarat are getting richer, while the majority of Gujaratis continue to languish (in poverty) due to problems arising out of growing inflation, a shrinking MSME sector, lack of opportunities, intense corruption and unemployment,” Gohil said as addressed the media briefly after leading a padyatra from the Sabarmati Ashram to Rajiv Gandhi Bhavan, the Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCC) headquarters in Paldi.

The Rajya Sabha MP from Gujarat was appointed the new state Congress president this month replacing Jagdish Thakor.

“Gujarat has a glorious history of inclusive growth and equal opportunities,” he said, adding, “We will not reduce ourselves to be the mouthpieces of the few rich and powerful in the state. We need your support, co-operation and blessings to restore Gujarat’s asmita and identity as the most progressive state of India,” he said to the crowd that had assembled at the Sabarmati Ashram.

Following prayers outside the Hriday Kunj, the newly appointed GPCC president sought blessings from Mahatma Gandhi as he bowed down to his statue in the Ashram before commencing the foot march. From senior national and state leaders to party workers and supporters, thousands joined Gohil’s foot march Sunday.

Sources revealed that former Gujarat Chief Minister Suresh Mehta joined the march as a well wisher, while senior party leaders Madhusudan Mistry and Jay Narayan Vyas, too, expressed their support by attending the padyatra.

As the Gujarat Congress president his aim will be to raise the issue of the masses without any caste and class discrimination, Gohil said as the march concluded at the GPCC headquarters.