The run up to polls saw a stiff contest as a resurgent Congress picked holes in the Gujarat model and the BJP, which started on the vikas plank, went back to its Hindu nationalist campaign.
The civil court has directed Jay Shah’s lawyers to be present on December 13.
A large section of middle class Hindus base their nationalism on doses of Islamophobia, a campaign aggressively pursued by the Sangh parivar in urban Gujarat.
The party feels the first phase of voting did not go well and is looking to its rhetoric on Pakistan for a decisive edge in the second.
“They are so desperate that in the temples where we worship, the religious leader and the priests have been asking us to talk our families and relatives into voting for BJP.”
The prime minister has a complicated relationship with the truth, making outlandish claims and sometimes offering outright lies.
The saffron party’s election strategy was similar when its leaders were unsure of a victory in Bihar.
Can you really fool all the people all the time? The Gujarat model is being shown up as fake.
The party is putting up a fierce fight by letting the Hardik-Alpesh-Jignesh trio capture the caste-based anger against the BJP, while Rahul focuses on larger political economy issues.
In the 652 urban local bodies, the party lost its deposit in 3656 seats and won in 2366.
The 24-year-old Patidar quota stir leader asked people in Surat to not vote for the BJP, but for ‘a party that will be in a position to form a government’.
Numbers show the BJP has always dominated the top tier. The real story of their big loss in vote share lies in the bottom two tiers.
The Wire speaks to Kaleem Siddiqui, Socialist Party (India) candidate from Vatva in Ahmedabad, about why Muslims are being ignored by major political parties and the media.
Keeping in mind the tribes in the north-east, the party plans to bring out such tribe-specific images of Bharat Mata.
Three years later, with claims and counter-claims over the judge’s death piling up, the son’s plea for an independent investigation might well be the only way to settle this matter one way or another.
Urmilesh discuses The Caravan magazine’s story on judge Loya’s death and conflicting reports in the Indian Express and NDTV with Hartosh Singh Bal, political editor of The Caravan, and RTI activist Anjali Bharadwaj.
Gujarat has so utterly failed in controlling TB that it is the only state, apart from Uttar Pradesh, where the incidence of TB has actually increased over the last decade.
If the questions raised by Judge Loya’s family had surfaced earlier, both the Bombay high court and the Supreme Court may have come to a different conclusion on the appeal.
It still remains to be seen whether the Gandhi scion can emerge as a formidable opponent to the ruling BJP and Prime Minister Modi.
Vinod Dua discusses reports of EVM manipulation in Uttar Pradesh and allegations of foul play in the December 2014 death of judge Brijgopal Harkishan Loya.
Speaking to The Wire, the former chief justice of the Delhi high court feels it is ‘absolutely necessary’ to order an enquiry as the allegations can ‘stigmatise’ the judiciary.
In conversation with political analyst Achyut Yagnik on what to expect from the upcoming Gujarat assembly elections, the rise of the BJP and more.
Family of Deceased Judge Claims He Was Offered Rs 100 Crore for ‘Favourable Order’ in Amit Shah Case
The late judge’s sister says in an interview to Caravan magazine that the then chief justice of the Bombay high court also offered her brother a house in Mumbai.
Judge who took over the case discharged BJP president Amit Shah without a trial and the CBI has yet to appeal that order.
The note ban followed soon after by the new tax regime have hit the predominantly mercantile state hard, but the urban voters still cannot see themselves siding with the opposition.
Slowly but surely, the Congress is shuffling back into the game and Rahul, the man who everyone, including his own party, gave up on, is chiefly responsible for that.
Despite authenticating Modi’s degree, Delhi University continues to stonewall attempts by RTI activists to gather information about his records.
Perhaps the BJP national managers know that the Modi spell is over. Shrewd operators that they are, they must be cognisant that shoddy goods have been sold to gullible Gujaratis for nearly two decades.
The BJP camp is nervous and a number of factors seem to be working against it – but will this be enough to tilt the balance?
The organisation’s plea comes at a time when The Wire is facing both civil and criminal defamation suits by BJP president Amit Shah’s son, Jay Shah.
Speakers at Press Club of India meeting unequivocally criticised the frequent use of defamation as a means of stifling and threatening the media.
Defending the questions, BJP spokesperson says the questions are “related to the social fabric of the state that should be known by the aspirants of government jobs.”
Despite the Lodha Committee rules clearly saying both must quit, the Shah dynasty rules the Gujarat Cricket Association.
The prime minister, who now spends several days a week campaigning in Gujarat, is reduced to blaming the Congress party, who he says did not allow development.
Comments range from seeing it as an attack on media freedom to an attempt to keep information hidden from the public.
Between 2003 and 2007, Modi, as Gujarat CM, took about 100 chartered flights worth Rs 16 crore. But Congress leaders have not been transparent about their use of charters either.
Two ‘private citizens’ are now in the eye of a political tug-of-war for their business dealings, one the son-in-law of Congress president Sonia Gandhi, the other the son of BJP president Amit Shah.
The growing loss of faith in the prime minister arises from the same source from which faith had been generated: his self-centredness.
Press statement issued by The Wire
“If information on the affairs of close relatives of powerful politicians is to be withheld by the media, the only result will be the secrecy of power that will spawn all manner of corruption,” say the DUJ and NAJ.