Minister of State for Home Harsh Sanghvi was asked to resign because of his opposition to the use of police force on Congress women workers on Women’s Day.

Minister of State for Home Harsh Sanghvi was asked to resign because of his opposition to the use of police force on Congress women workers on Women’s Day. On International Women’s Day, Congress MLAs urged the resignation of Harsh Sanghvi, Minister of State for Home, in protest over the use of police force on female Congress activists. On Tuesday, the Congress Seva Dal Mahila Sangathan held a convention in Gandhinagar Satyagraha Cantonment.

Jagran Correspondent in Ahmedabad. On International Women’s Day, Congress MLAs walked out of the house in protest at the use of police force on Seva Dal Congress women workers in the capital Gandhinagar, and sought the resignation of Minister of State for Home Harsh Sanghvi. After the governing party promised that similar instances would not happen again, the impasse ended.

On Tuesday, the Congress Seva Dal Mahila Sangathan held a convention at Gandhinagar Satyagraha Cantonment to denounce the rise in crime against women in Gujarat. Women activists headed by Mahila Seva Dal leader Pragati Ahir marched towards the assembly after the meeting, but were halted in the middle by the police. There was a scuffle between the two, and the cops used some force.

Ganiben Thakor, a Congress MLA, accused the police of punching female demonstrators in the genitals and ripping their hair, and urged that the government take action against the responsible officers. Ganiben and former president Amit Chavda sought Harsh Sanghvi’s resignation, claiming that the BJP administration, which has failed to safeguard women in the state, is using the police to repress the demonstration.

Over this event, Congress MLAs staged a walkout from the legislature. The women workers were also met by Congress President Jagdish Thakor and Leader of the Opposition Sukhram Rathwa. According to Jagdishbhai, the Gujarat Police is attempting to silence the voices of Congress women workers at the government’s request.

Lalji Desai, the National President of the Seva Dal, said that the guilty police officers should be prosecuted. On the other side, in response to a demand from Congress MLAs, the administration broke the impasse by promising not to repeat the episode in the legislature.

According to Gandhinagar Superintendent of Police Mayur Chavda, the police attempted to prevent Congress workers from attending the gathering without authorization, and several women activists were held for refusing to comply. The cops did not behave in the manner that was claimed. Both parties have given statements, however no FIR has been filed in connection with this occurrence.

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