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Gujarat welcomes tainted Amit Shah; will he get a BJP ticket for polls?


Meghdoot Sharon, Gaurav Shah, CNN-IBN
Sep 29, 2012 at 12:03pm IST

Ahmedabad: Former Gujarat Minister and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA Amit Shah, who has been allowed by the Supreme Court to enter Gujarat, arrived at his home in Ahmedabad to a rousing welcome. However, even as he seems eager to play a role in the assembly elections in Gujarat, he still could be arrested in the Tulsiram Prajapati fake encounter case.

On Thursday, the Supreme Court had lifted the ban on his travel to Gujarat in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case. Back home, he's been raising the pitch for the Gujarat elections. "Only Gujarat can destroy the Congress in 2014 and only one person, Narendra Modi, can finish the Congress here in Gujarat in the elections," Shah said.

Shah, a key political aide of Modi, actively managed elections for him. But the question now is whether the tainted MLA will get a ticket in the assembly elections. It remains to be seen whether Modi will distance himself from his chief poll organiser who still faces a possible arrest in the Tulsi Prajapati encounter.

The BJP has hinted that Shah is set for a big role in the campaigning. Purshottam Rupala, National Vice President, BJP, said, "The parliamentary board of the party will decide on who will contest. Not just for Amit Shah, but all 182 members. But yes, he will play a big role in campaigning."

As soon as he arrived in Gujarat, Amit Shah has taken a combative stand regarding the assembly elections. But the suspense over his own political future still remains.

In a huge relief to former Gujarat home minister Amit Shah, the Supreme Court on Thursday allowed him to go to Gujarat and transferred the Sohrabuddin fake encounter case from Gujarat to Mumbai.

The apex court also categorically rejected the Central Bureau of Investigation's plea to cancel Shah's bail. Shah, who is accused in the Sohrabuddin Shaikh fake encounter case, had also been chargesheeted by the CBI in the Tulsi Prajapati fake encounter case. The Supreme Court had restricted him from entering Gujarat while he was on bail in the Sohrabuddin case.

Sohrabuddin Shaikh was allegedly killed in a fake encounter in November 2005 and his close aide Tulsi was killed in December 2006 by the same set of police personnel, who are presently behind bars for the killing of Sohrabuddin Shaikh and his wife Kauser Bi.

Shah, accused in the Sohrabuddin fake encounter case, has been out on bail. Shah was Gujarat's home minister and Chief Minister Narendra Modi's close aide.

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