Gujarat Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders continued their second day of indefinite fast in Ahmedabad demanding the resignation of the chairman of the Gujarat Subordinate Services Selection Board (GSSSB), Asit Vora, in the case of the questionnaire leak on Thursday . The fast comes even as 93 AAP workers, arrested on Monday for raiding the BJP state headquarters in Gandhinagar, remain in judicial custody.
Meanwhile, AAP legal adviser Pranav Thakkar told The Indian Express that the request for bail for the 28 arrested workers will be brought to the hearing by the Gandhinagar session court on Friday. “The bail hearing for the workers was scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday; however, the investigating officer was absent on those days, ”Thakkar said.
Similarly, he said the party’s bail request for its 65 male workers is likely to be accepted soon. “The articles applied against the 93 people are punishable by less than seven years in prison. We have submitted a request for bail of 65 male AAP members arrested in the Gandhinagar Session Court on Friday. If the honorable court accepts it, it will be heard on Friday, otherwise it will be heard on Monday, “he said.
Meanwhile, AAP New Delhi MLA Gulab Singh Yadav and senior leader Mahesh Savani continued their indefinite fast on Thursday.
“We have demanded Vora’s resignation and criminal action against them and until our demands are met, Mahesh Savani and I have announced an indefinite fast. Yesterday we were detained by the police on our way to the collector’s office and in the afternoon hours of Wednesday, they sent us back to our party’s office. So far, we are not allowed to hold protests at the collector’s office and we are under police surveillance. Our indefinite fast will continue even though Mahesh Bhai is a patient with diabetes. We want to protest peacefully, but if something happens to us, the Gujarati government will be held accountable, ”Yadav said in a video statement.
On December 12, 88,000 applicants took a written examination conducted by the GSSSB to fill 186 principal secretary vacancies.
A day later, the AAP exposed the leak of the questionnaire. So far, the police have arrested 18 people accused of selling the question papers to applicants for 8 lakh rupees to 12 lakh rupees each. The Gujarat government subsequently canceled the exams and announced that they would be held again in March next year.
Meanwhile, dozens of AAP Gujarat workers staged a protest in front of the BJP headquarters, Shree Kamalam, over the leak on Monday. BJP and AAP workers clashed in the protest and police resorted to lathicharge charges.
Later, the Gandhinagar police arrested 93 AAP workers, including the state president Gopal Italia, the president of the women’s wing Gauri Desai, the president of the youth wing Nikhil Savani, the main leaders Isudan Gadhvi and Hasmukh Patel, based on a complaint from a BJP worker. They were booked under 22 criminal sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and other acts and sent to judicial custody on Tuesday night after being denied bail.