24 January, 2021


The man who made his name as a dissenter in the BJP is felled by unnamed bullets Updates

When two unidentified assailants pumped four bullets into former home minister Haren Pandya, it left all of Gujarat speechless and shocked. Not only because a young political career was snuffed out in so brutal a manner, but also because many feared that Pandya's murder would trigger yet another bloody phase, barely a year after the state has recovered from the carnage that accompanied Godhra. It has shattered the complacence that had set in after Narendra Modi won the Gujarat elections and fostered the feeling that peace was a surefire guarantee now that a 'tough' BJP government was in place. With Pandya's elimination, fear has returned to haunt the Gujaratis. It now lurks in the streets and bylanes of both new and old Ahmedabad.

Who masterminded Pandya's cold-blooded murder? There are no answers yet, only more questions. What is worrying most people is that if a leader of Pandya's stature could be bumped off with such ease in broad daylight, how safe does it make the others. It's a question that everyone—from Pandya's family, friends, BJP workers and MLAs to the common...


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