By Yogesh Sharma
Within 24 hours of settlement between agitating Karadia Rajputs and State BJP leaders Karadia Rajputs have demanded written apology from BJP state president Jitu Vaghani. A compromise between Karadia Rajputs and Vaghani had struck late on Saturday night after apology by Vaghani at a meeting chaired by national president Amit Shah and other senior leaders like Karnataka governor Vajubhai Vala, who himself is a Karadia rajput and Anandiben Patel.
What has sparked off the new demand is the statement made by Minister Jasa Barad and BJP spokesman Bharat Pandya that party president Jitu Vaghani did not apologize.
Rajput leader and former Budhel sarpanch Dansang Mori told media persons today that community would continue its agitation till Vaghani gives written apology. He said that the community was not against BJP but if Vaghani did not apologise then they will vote against the party. There are six lakh plus Karadia Rajput votes in the state.
At that meeting, he said that it was also decided that cases involving Mori would be withdrawn. Vaghani had got Mori suspended as sarpanch and got him and his family implicated in false cases.
Mori who is facing criminal cases has alleged that Vaghani implicated him and his family in cases as he had opposed Vaghani who wanted to capture gauchar land. The compromise between Karadia Rajputs who had threatened to vote against BJP demanding Vaghani’s resignation and Vaghani was worked out in the presence of Amit Shah, national BJP president and other senior leaders.
But the statement by Jasa Barad who is president of Karadia Rajput Samaj has sparked the controversy again. “We feel betrayed. People of my community are questioning me and I’m losing my face. We want nothing less than a public apology from Vaghani otherwise our agitation will be more aggressive”, he added.
Last week over lakh members of Karadia rajput community gathered at a meeting at Bavla near Ahmedabad to press their demand for resignation of Vaghani. They had threatened to vote against BJP if their demand is not met. BJP had assured that cases against Mori would be withdrawn.