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Gujarat elections: BJP candidate Jetha Bharwad fired at in Panchmahal, detained

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Dec 17, 2012 at 05:02pm IST

Ahmedabad: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate Jetha Bharwad has been injured after he was allegedly fired upon in Panchmahal district's Tersang village on Monday afternoon. He and three other people have been injured in the firing. The firing took place when Congress and BJP workers clashed near a polling booth after stones were allegedly pelted at Bharwad convoy. Bharwad is a sitting MPA and BJP candidate from Sahera in Panchmahal district.

Three of the injured are said to be Congress workers and one of them is critical. They have been admitted to a government hospital in Panchmahal. Police sources say that the firing took place from both the sides and one bullet grazed Bharwad's head.

Police will ascertain what led to the firing and who actually started the stone pelting in Tarsang, which is the native of Congress candidate Takhatsingh Solanki.

"Attack on Jethabhai is the conspiracy of the Congress party which is desperate to stop the tide of high voting which has continued in the second phase too. Congress has realised its defeat in this high voter turn out," alleged BJP General Secretary Vijay Rupani.

Solanki, who is pitted against Bharwad on Sahera seat has alleged that Bharwad had come to his village for bogus voting and that he staged the stone pelting. "It was pre-planned by Jetha Bharwad so that he can terrorise voters of my village and resort to bogus voting. Otherwise, he has no business to enter my village at the time of voting," alleged Solanki.

Bharwad, considered to be a very close aide of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, was one of the two BJP MLAs accused of watching porn in the state assembly a few months back.

Bharwad along with MLA Shankar Chaudhary had reportedly watched porn inside the Assembly. A journalist with a vernacular newspaper on March 20, 2012 had complained to the Speaker that the two were watching sleazy pictures during House proceedings.

(With additional information from PTI)

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