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Gujarat BJP to hold protests

Ahmedabad, Aug. 6: A day after chief minister Narendra Modi wrote a letter to President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam seeking his directive for compilation of state-wise data on communal violence in the country and acquittal of the accused in these cases, the Gujarat unit of the BJP has decided to stage dharnas in every district headquarters on August 8 against the National Human Rights Commission.

Senior BJP leader and education minister Anandiben Patel said her party “accepts the Best Bakery judgment” and “condemns the rights commission’s unprecedented plea to the Supreme Court to shift major cases outside the state” — something that never happened in the history of post-Independence India.

The commission’s move, she maintained, amounted to a no-confidence motion against Gujarat’s judicial system.

“This irresponsible and unfortunate step by the human rights body has boosted the morale of secularists who have been launching a systematic campaign against the state, hurting Gujarat’s pride.”

The minister slammed the commission, but at the same time did not rule out the possibility of the state government appealing in the high court against the Best Bakery judgment.

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