AHMEDABAD: The leader of the Gujarat Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), Mahesh Savani, was hospitalized after his health deteriorated during a hunger strike against the ruling BJP in Gujarat over the alleged leak of the exam for the hiring of chief secretaries in government departments.
On Tuesday, the AAP organized a ‘yagna’ (fire ritual) at the party’s state office here to pray for the good health of its leaders and activists seated on indefinite fasting and housed in jail since last week for their fight in relationship with the exam. case of paper leakage.
Savani was taken to a hospital in Ahmedabad on Monday night after a drop in his health parameters during a routine check-up at the protest site, the AAP said in a post on social media.
Savani and AAP’s Delhi MLA and Gujarat chief Gulab Singh had been sitting indefinitely in the party office since last Wednesday, demanding justice for around 88,000 candidates who appeared in the December 12 exam. to be recruited as chief secretaries in government departments.
The exam was later canceled due to the paper leak.
More than 60 AAP leaders and workers, including its state president Gopal Italia, are jailed, following an FIR registered against them for breaking into the BJP headquarters in Gandhinagar last week over the paper leak case.
“Yagna puja is organizing in the Aam Aadmi Party, Gujarat Pradesh office to bring justice to the youth of Gujarat and for the good health of all AAP leaders and activists sitting indefinitely fasting and housed in jail”, the party said in the social media post.
The AAP also said that Savani has resolved to continue her fast even in hospital, until the BJP state government accepts her demand for resignation from Asit Vora, chairman of the Gujarat Subordinate Services Selection Board (GSSSB), which conducted the chief secretary exam; and compensation to candidates who were disappointed by the paper leak.
“Mahesh Savani has challenged the corrupt BJP government to continue its fast until the demands are accepted,” the party said.
The state government had initially said that it had not received any concrete evidence about the leak of the test paper.
Subsequently, the Sabarkantha district police filed an FIR and arrested eight people, who allegedly had obtained the examination of a staff member of an Ahmedabad printing company hired by the recruitment agency.
Subsequently, a few more people were also arrested in the case.