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Citing ‘corruption’ behind Morbi, controversial former IPS officer launches political party

With less than 20 days to go until the Gujarat Assembly polls, controversial former IPS officer DG Vanzara on Tuesday announced the formation of his own political group, ‘Praja Vijay Paksha’, in the presence of several saints and leaders of Karni Sena in Ahmedabad. He asserted that “Gujarat must come out of an atmosphere of fear and corruption”.

Announcing the decision, the ex-policeman said “the BJP’s 27 uninterrupted years of rule is not a good sign for a healthy democracy.” He said it was high time to change the government. He also alleged that “the collapse of the Morbi bridge was the result of corruption and administrative inefficiency”.

“One party’s dominance is not good for democracy because absolute power corrupts absolutely,” Vanzara said in announcing the party. After spending almost eight years in prison in the dating cases between Sohrabuddin Sheikh and Ishrat Jahan, the former IPS officer has denied lobbying for an Assembly ticket for himself from the BJP. He said “Vanzara doesn’t need anyone’s tickets.”

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He said that after being released from prison six years ago, he wandered across the state to meet Hindu saints through an organization, the ‘Rashtra Vandana Manch’. He claimed that over the past six years he had created a cadre ready to take the political leap and run for office.

Vanzara said his party is based on “Hindu religious ideology with power” unlike the BJP which only does “politics for power”. Controversial officer, who was fired from Sohrabuddin, Tulsiram Prajapasti and Ishrat Jahan dating cases, says AAP and Congress cannot be BJP’s alternatives,