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Vala denies Minister's allegations, asks Modi to drop him

August 23, 2005 00:58 IST

Countering the allegations of Gujarat minister Bhavku Unghad who sought to resign after claiming that he was 'humiliated' by the Narendra Modi cabinet for meeting Keshuhbai Patel, state party president Vaju Vala on Monday recommended to Modi to drop him from the ministry.

"His claims are completely baseless and wrong. I have personally spoken to the chief minister and he has denied the statement that Unghad was humiliated in the cabinet meeting," Vaju Vala said.

Hitting out at Unghad, Vala said he had personally told Modi to drop the minister from his cabinet.

Vala said that he had briefed Modi about the developments and also expressed his personal view to drop Unghad from the ministry due to his behaviour.

When asked about the turn of events in the past few days in the party's Gujarat unit, Vala said that "to associate this with the dissidence activity in the state. This is an isolated incident."

In a dramatic turn of events the minister of state for youth and cultural affairs who was hospitalised in his Amreli constituency on August 18, turned up at the party office  in an ambulance and handed over the letter to an office bearer as the party president was away.

Unghad was allegedly chided in the cabinet a day earlier after going to Keshubhai's house, where scores of party workers, MLAs and MPs of the rebel faction were also present.

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