Former Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) Congressman from Vadgam constituency Manibhai Vaghela recently posted a photo of him meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the latter’s office on his social media account. The post is a clear indication of Vaghela’s drift towards the BJP after he resigned from the Congress party in December last year. In his resignation letter, Vaghela voiced his grievances against the Congress party, causing it to switch constituencies in the 2017 Assembly elections to support the independent candidacy of Jignesh Mevani of Vadgam. Vaghela says he will temporarily join the BJP on April 24. The possibility of the BJP lining up Vaghela against Mevani in the upcoming assembly elections is very high, sources say.
A first for Gir
Aradhana Sahu, the Indian Forest Service (IFS) officer from Batch 2003, took over as Chief Conservator of Forests (CCF) of the Junagadh Wildlife Circle last month, succeeding Dushyant Vasavada who reached the retirement pension. With this, Sahu becomes the first female IFS officer to lead the Junagadh Wildlife Circle which covers much of the famous Gir Forest and Gir Lion Territory. This is his second stint in lion territory. Previously, she served as the Deputy Conservator of Forests (DCF) of the Junagadh Territorial Forestry Division, which has some pockets of lion habitat, while her husband, K Ramesh, served as the DCF of the Wildlife Division of Junagadh. Gir (west) of Junagadh Wildlife Circle. Currently, K Ramesh is CCF of Junagadh Territorial Circle.
Recently, dozens of SP-ranked IPS officers were transferred while others from the state police department were also promoted or transferred. But their departure was the occasion of great fanfare. Balram Meena, the SP of Rajkot Rural, instructed his staff to pull his car with decorated ropes, much like devotees pull ceremonial floats during rath yatras. In Amreli, Nirlipt Rai was covered in flower petals as he took what looked like a victory lap during a public send-off organized by local politicians. Surendranagar district police personnel turned the departure of SP Mahendra Bagaria into an event.