Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Now, RTI activists hint at anti-govt drive, say it’s shielding corrupt leaders

Calling for “change” in the system, a national convention by Right to Information (RTI) activists in Porbandar on Sunday alleged that the state government has failed to implement the Act properly and is protecting corrupt leaders.
“We are against a government that shields the corrupt. Our agitation is against any party or leader that indulges in wrongdoings,” said Bharatsinh Zala, a member of the Gujarat RTI Activist Association, at the seminar held two days after the second death anniversary of Amit Jethava.
“The current state government has been shielding corrupt leaders. That is why our call is to change the face of the system,” he added.
The meet, attended by activists from across the state, decided to spread awareness about corrupt candidates in the Assembly elections likely to be held in December.
“We will not campaign against any party or candidate. But we will definitely try to create awareness among people about the record of corrupt candidates,” said Bhikhu Jethava, Amit’s father.
Most of the activists who have hit the headlines in the state had tried to expose alleged corruption by leaders and ministers of the current government.
Jethava, who was shot dead outside the Gujarat High Court in 2010, had filed a PIL against Junagadh MP Dinu Solanki alleging his nexus with mining mafias in the Gir sanctuary.
Bhagu Devani, organiser of today’s function and a Porbandar-based lawyer, was attacked last year allegedly by the supporters of former BJP minister Babu Bokhiria for preventing construction of a three star hotel on a Porbandar beach, claiming it was violating coastal regulatory zone norms.
Nathalal Sukhadiya, a farmer from Amreli, has claimed that he was recently attacked at the behest of agriculture and law minister Dilip Sanghani for “exposing” scams to the tune of Rs 500