Saturday, October 20, 2007

Politics takes over lion deaths


Politics takes over lion deaths

Times of India

Ahmedabad: At least 24 lions have died of poaching, electrocution and by falling into open wells. This has become a debatable issue for rebel BJP leaders, who have decided to take it as one of the poll issue this time.

The Congress, on the other hand, has also plans to include this in their manifesto for the forthcoming elections. Leader of Opposition Arjun Modhvadia said, “The state government has failed to work out a solution to save the lions. Hence, the party has decided to include this in its manifesto.” For rebels BJP MLAs, the lions are pride of the nation and hence,  plans to raise it now in each and every meeting to be held in state. “Lions can’t vote, so there is no scheme for them. Had they got the voting right, Chief Minister Narendra Modi would have definitely come out with a scheme to save them. The CM announced a scheme for Sagar Khedut (fishermen) and tribals in the five-year planning, but did not allocate any funds for lions,” said rebel MLA from Amreli Bavku Undhad. Undhad said the issue is of great importance as it concerns the tourists visiting the state.

 “The government has totally failed on this issue and we are going to take it up during the ‘Sant Sammelan’ to be held on October 22 in Amreli,” he added.

While BJP rebel leader Gordhan Zadaphia said, “This was the issue which the government should have given top priority, but it failed to tackle this. We will now rake it up in the entire Saurashtra region.”

Zadaphia said, “The rebels will raise this as their main poll issue in the coming days.” 

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