MeraNews Network, Rajkot: Congress MLA Lalit Vasoya, along with 11 other MLAs and Patidar community leader Hardik Patel had reached Bhukhi village in Rajkot on Saturday to participate in the protest against chemical pollution in Bhadar-2 dam. As a part of the protest, they were supposed to take a dip in the polluted river but were detained even before they could reach the spot after their public address.

Hardik claimed to journalists at the spot that he and Vasoya were offered Rs 50 lakh and Rs 1 crore to pull out and call off their protest. Bhukhi, a hamlet located in Rajkot had turned into a fortress overnight since Hardik Patel too declared his participation in the protest and subsequent ‘jalsamadhi.’ During their public address at the protest spot, Hardik and Vasoya came down heavily on the government claiming that the state government is toying with the lives and health of the people to provide gains to businessmen and companies that pollute the Bhadar-2 dam water.

The duo along with their supporters began to march towards the dam when the cops detained them and a minor scuffle had broken out between them and the cops. They were taken to Jetpur police station, where the waiting journalists were told by Hardik that he was offered Rs 50 lakhs to pull out of this protest.

Meanwhile, Lalit Vasoya claimed that he has been getting bribe offers ever since he begun this protest, with the amounts varying from Rs 25 lakhs to 1 crore. “I was then even told that I’d be paid whatever amount I ask for, but for me, money doesn’t matter. What matters to me is the health and lives of the people that are currently under threat. I will be continuing my protest against the pollution of water bodies by companies and their factories,” said Vasoya.

The event saw hundreds of people from neighboring villages throng to the protest spot and the police had deployed several of its men to quell any sort of untoward incident that might occur at the large gathering of masses.

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