Nitin Patel is back in the Gujarat cabinet with the finance portfolio. But the episode has shown that BJP chief ministers have no powers of their own.
In many ways, the situation facing the BJP in Gujarat today mirrors the crisis of 2001-2002. And this time around, there is no Godhra to give the party a boost.
Rising demands from community groups and a newly confident Congress have shaken the confidence of the BJP government in Gujarat
Hardik Patel’s failure to disrupt the India-South Africa cricket match in Rajkot was not the first but the last indication of the Patidar agitation fizzling out.
An unexpectedly popular movement led by a 21-year-old demanding caste-based reservation for the powerful Patels in Gujarat is unnerving the BJP, which has enjoyed the community’s unstinted support for decades