EX-IPS officer Vanzara launches ‘Hindutva’-based political party ahead of Gujarat polls ( The Times of India )

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AHMEDABAD: Former IPS officer DG Vanzara on Tuesday launched a political party based on “Hindutva” ideology which will contest the next month’s assembly elections in Gujarat.
Vanzara, a former “encounter specialist”, was acquitted in the alleged fake encounter case of Sohrabuddin Shaikh and Tulsiram Prajapati and discharged in the Ishrat Jahan alleged fake encounter case.

He said the people of Gujarat will have an alternative in the newly-floated “Praja Vijay Party” (PVP) as Congress and AAP cannot be “alternatives” to the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the state.

The PVP will contest all 182 seats in the two-phase polls scheduled on December 1 and 5, but it is not clear whether Vanzara will enter the poll fray.

He said had Congress been an alternative, there would not have been a single-party (BJP) rule in the state for the last 27 years.

“Even the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) cannot become an option for people in Gujarat who want an alternative to the BJP,” Vanzara said.

When asked whether he decided to float a new party because he was denied a ticket by the BJP, Vanzara said the question was of ideology. “I am not someone who will stand in a queue for a party ticket,” he added.

General Secretary of the PVP, Samatsinh Chauhan, said the newly-launched party has joined the fray with a distinct identity as a Hindutva party.

This story was originally published in timesofindia.indiatime.com . Read the full story here


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