Injustice to Gujarat in union cabinet: Shankersinh Vaghela

Ahmedabad:  Gujarat assembly opposition leader and senior Congress leader Shankersinh Vaghela alleged here today that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has done “injustice” to the people of Gujarat by giving berth to only “one and a half” people from the state in his cabinet.

As per Vaghela’s logic, there are “one and a half” ministers from Gujarat in the union cabinet, including Modi himself and Bharuch MP Mansukh Vasava, who is Minister of State (MoF) for Tribal Affairs. Thus, Vaghela counted him as “half” since MoS is a considered a junior post to cabinet minister.

“Injustice to Gujarat began as soon as the union cabinet was formed yesterday. The people of Gujarat gave BJP 26 out of 26 seats and yet, only one and a half ministers will represent the state,” Vaghela said during a press conference here today.

Vaghela also added that Arun Jaitley and Smriti Irani cannot be considered representatives of Gujarat, since they were elected as Rajya Sabha MPs from Gujarat.

“Even if you include them, the count reaches only two and a half ministers from Gujarat. If they are considered from Gujarat, then our prime minister should be considered a representative of Uttar Pradesh, since he won from Varanasi as well,” explained Vaghela, who also termed Modi’s whirlwind meetings with SAARC nation leaders as nothing but “cheating on chai pe charcha”.

“This is a sophisticated cheating on ‘chai pe charcha’. What results can you expect from such meetings, which lasts only for 15 to 20 minutes? Modi government is misleading the people. Such diplomatic discussions over a cup of tea is a big joke,” said Vaghela, who suggested that Modi should have called each leader seperately.

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