A State-level Independence Day celebration was held on Saturday at Raj Pipla, district headquarters of Narmada, where Chief Minister Narendra Modi hoisted the national flag.

Mr. Modi lashed out at the UPA government for refusing to clear the Gujarat Control of Organised Crime (GUJCOC) Bill, which was adopted by the Assembly three times but returned by the Centre. Mr. Modi said he was confident that other States would soon be forced to follow Gujarat’s example and adopt measures like the GUJCOC Bill to save the country from terror attack.

“I am sure the Centre will soon realise the importance of the Bill,” he said.

By-elections

Meanwhile, the State BJP parliamentary board met at Mr. Modi’s official residence in Gandhinagar to discuss candidates for the byelections for seven Assembly seats. The polls are considered a “mini-general election” to test the Chief Minister’s popularity, after the party suffered a setback in the recent parliamentary elections and defeat in the Junagadh municipal corporation elections.

CCTV cameras

Vadodara has installed closed-circuit television cameras at strategic places, both for traffic regulation and public security. The CCTV system was launched on Independence Day with the installation of cameras at 29 strategic points initially.

Mayor Balubhai Shukla said steps were being taken to install such cameras at 150 centres.