Confidential Gujarat: New Proximities | News from cities, The Indian Express

Businessman and philanthropist Mahesh Sawani, who recently left the Aam Aadmi party, saying he was no longer interested in politics, says he will approach the BJP if the list of participants in the celebration of the 73rd birthday of his father, Vallabhbhai Sawani, is taken into consideration. Among those who attended Sunday’s event were BJP State Chairman CR Paatil, Home Minister Harsh Sanghavi, State Urban Development Minister Vinodbhai Moradiya, State Minister of Agriculture, Energy and Petrochemicals Mukesh Patel and Surat City BJP Chairman Niranjan Janjmera, among others. However, not a single AAP or congressional leader was present at the event.

BSE’s Vadodara Bell

Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel will ring the bell at the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), marking the listing of a Rs 100 crore Vadodara Municipal Corporation (VMC) bond, in Mumbai on Wednesday. MVC officials will oversee the function at the ESB towers. VMC’s five-year Rs 100 crore bond for 14 projects under the AMRUT program had received 36 bids on the BSE Bond platform for Rs 1,007 crore, 10 times the issue size. The VMC was also eligible for an incentive of Rs 13 crore from the central government to raise funds through bonds by March 31. The effective coupon rate will be Rs 4.55% per annum for a total of 22.75% for a period of five years.

No “flaw”

The appointment of Rutvij Joshi as chairman of the Vadodara municipal unit of the Congress party has fueled rumors of another internal rivalry between former close aides Joshi and incumbent president Prashant Patel. Patel left a party WhatsApp group on Sunday after Joshi was added to it. Senior leaders said the two parted ways when Patel was given the ticket for the Lok Sabha polls in 2019. However, Patel said: “The Municipal Unit Chairman and Spokespersons are interacting on WhatsApp group with other participants, mainly journalists. When I took over, Chairman Anuj Patel also left the group. There is nothing more…”

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