Tribal leader and BJP MP from Bharuch, Mansukh Vasava on Tuesday announced his resignation from the party.
Vasava’s resignation comes after he, in a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, sought withdrawal of MoEFCC notification that declared 121 villages of Narmada district as ‘eco-sensitive zones’ in the interest of farmers and locals.
Vasava in a letter to Gujarat BJP President C R Patil said he will submit his resignation to the Lok Sabha speaker during the upcoming budget session.
In the letter, Vasava asked for forgiveness and also praised the Central leadership. He said he was resigning as he did not want his mistakes to cause damage to the party.
Gujarat BJP president CR Patil however said that Vasava has not resigned. “Vasava is a senior leader of the party and he has not resigned. He has said he will resign in the upcoming budget session. We know about the issues he has raised and we had a talk with Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and will soon find a solution,” said Patil.
Tribals in Narmada are protesting the inclusion of 121 villages around the Statue of Unity as an eco-sensitive zone.
Why Mansukh Vasava is hurt
Vasava in his letter to Modi alleged that in the name of notification the government officials have begun interfering in the handling of ‘private property of the tribals.
Mansukh Vasava said the tribals had not been taken into confidence and are preparing to protest. He said several opposition parties are taking advantage of the situation and inciting them.
Senior Gujarat party leaders are trying to get Vasava to reconsider his decision.
Earlier former BJP MLA from Dediapada Motilal Vasava had asked sarpanches of 121 villages to pass a resolution against the government order in the gram sabha. Motilal Vasava is also the BJP’s leader of the tribal cell.
Why the opposition to the eco sensitive zone?
Once an area is declared as an eco-sensitive zone several activities are prohibited and there are restrictions on its transfer for non-agricultural use for commercial, industrial, or residential purposes. Any land transfer needs the approval of the state government.
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