Gujarat, May 31, 2017: Once again a shocking incident come into highlight, a tribal family in Devaliya village of Gujarat has got a temporary toilet and gas connection ahead of the visit of BJP president Amit Shah which is scheduled on Wednesday as part of the party’s ongoing booth-level vistarak programme.
According to a report, the party leaders have been visiting the home of Popatbhai Rathva, who is also a BJP worker, in Chhota Udepur since around 10 days, when they were informed about Amit Shah’s visit. While Popatbhai is busy in party meetings, his cousin Malkhabhai Rathva informs that no special arrangement has been made for Amit Shah’s visit. “Only a new toilet and washbasin has been constructed for the guest,” he adds.
Popat’s son Atul said that “On Monday, they (panchayat) began the construction work for the toilet and they completed it today… Though we have toilets for our family in the backyard, a new one was built for the guest near by the entrance of the house so that guest can access it easily.”
Women were busy arranging vegetables for the meal which is going to be typically “adivasi”. Popat’s mother said, “We are preparing a staple tribal meal for the guest which will include makkai na rotla (maize flour bread), vada (dumplings) and dry tuver bhaaji.”
Though the Rathvas have applied for an LPG connection, it has not yet come through. The largest room in the house has been readied with a table and chair for Shah to dine. “We have been working for the BJP for many years. This is the first time that such a senior party leader is visiting our home. We are excited to welcome him,” said Malkhabhai.
This is not the first time BJP have been the controversy of providing temporary services to common people ahead of the visit by some high profile leaders.
Last week, in Uttar Pradesh’s Kushinagar, the district administration had distributed soaps, shampoos, and perfumes among the villagers, listed under Scheduled Castes, to make sure they “smell good” when they meet Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.
Earlier also, the administration in Deoria had racked up controversy for placing air conditioners, sofas and carpets at the house of a BSF martyr when CM Yogi Adityanath went to his place to give the compensation cheque. All the articles were however promptly removed after the CM’s visit.
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