Ahmedabad, October 13: Mobile internet services will be blocked across Gujarat on Sunday, October 16, between 10 am and 2 pm. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government has announced the ban on mobile internet services, due to the Panchayat Seva Mandal examinations. The ban on internet services is common to prevent cheating and unlawful practices during the examination. However, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) convenor Arvind Kejriwal is crying foul over the internet ban, saying that the ban is a conspiracy by the BJP government to curtail word about his rally, which happens to be on the same day in Ahmedabad, from spreading.
The decision was taken in the view of the Gujarat Gaun Seva Ayog exams. The standard practice every year has been to install mobile hammers in the examination centers. However, this time around there are far too many exam halls, due to which the Aayog has decided to impose a complete ban on mobile internet, during the hours of the exam, throughout the state. Meanwhile, it seems that the Aam Aadmi Party is convinced that the decision has only been taken keeping in view Arvind Kejriwal’s rally. The official Facebook page of AAP, shared a picture of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, with the text, “Just before Kejriwal visit, Gujarat govt bans internet throughout state on 16th Oct, from 10 am to 2 pm.” Kejriwal is scheduled to be on a 3-day visit to the state from October 15. ALSO READ: Gujarat rejects Arvind Kejriwal? Posters opposing AAP chief’s 3-day visit seen in Ahmedabad
The Delhi Chief Minister is aiming to win over the disgruntled Patidar community, who are the key electorate of the BJP in the state, but have now truned against the ruling party, due to the issue of reservation. Kejriwal will meet the families of youths who were killed in violence during Patel agitation in August 2015. He will address a rally the next day, on Sunday, at the heart of the Patel dominated areas. If he succeeds to win over the Patidar community, it will be a big win for the party. However, an easy victory seems unlikely for AAP, as the Patidar leaders have already dismissed Kejriwal’s next visit as a purely political stunt.