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Idol theft: Cong to take out rally

    Palanpur (Gujarat), February 26, 2012: The failure of police to recover the 1,500-year-old marble idol of ‘Chakreshwari’ Mataji’, stolen from Digambar Jain temple at Umta village in Visnagar taluka of Mehsana distinct on Sunday last by some miscreants, has assumed political overtones.

    Congress has decided to take out a rally on Tuesday in Mehsana to demand the resignation of minister of state for home Praful Patel over the failure of police to recover the Rs one crore worth idol even after so many days.

    Congress MP from Patan Jadish Thakore told that though eight days have passed since the theft took place, but there has been no progress in the case.

    He said it was regrettable more for the fact that the minister belonged to Umta village yet he has so far not visited the place once.

    “Congress has the habit of adding fuel to fire. It was trying to make political capital out of the issue,” Mehsana district Bharatiya Janata Party president, Rishikesh Patel, who is also an MLA from Visnagar, said.

    Meanwhile, Moniji Nirbhay Sagar, who is on a fast unto death for the past eight day, said, “Chief minister Narendra Modi has assured me of early recovery of the stolen idol. Until the idol is recovered and restored to its place, I will not take food. I have given up milk and juice already. I will now stop taking water too.” A large number of devotees are arriving from Kalol, Ahmedabad, Palanpur and other places to the village to express their solidarity with Moniji. – News Courtesy: Times of India

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