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Gujarat BJP trouble: Modi accepts dissident's resignation
August 23, 2005 01:09 IST
Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Monday night accepted the resignation of state Youth and Cultural Affairs Minister Bhavkhu Unghad who had alleged earlier in the day that he was 'humiliated' by the Gujarat cabinet for going to Keshubhai Patel's house on August 17.
Official sources said Modi accepted Unghad's resignation and sent it to Governor Naval Kishore Sharma.
The move comes barely an hour after state Bharatiya Janata Party president Vaju Vala denied Unghad's allegation and personally recommended his removal from the cabinet.
Meanwhile, Ungadh, a legislator from Amreli district, has been admitted at a hospital in Ahmedabad following some complication.
The MLA had gone to tender his resignation at the party head office Monday evening in an ambulance.
Controversy over Unghad's health began on August 18 when he was admitted to a hospital in Amreli a day after he was allegedly chided by the Modi cabinet for going to Keshubhai's house at a time when several rebels had already gathered.
Meanwhile, all of dissident MLAs of Gujarat BJP are known to have gone to New Delhi to meet senior party leaders over the sudden development in the state.
Rebel BJP leader Keshubhai Patel is also schedule to go to Delhi on Tuesday.
BJP President L K Advani had on Sunday lowered hopes of dissident leaders in Gujarat, who had been demanding Modi's ouster, by saying that the latter had strengthened the party in the state and its performance was excellent.