Several elements of populism were present in Narendra Modi’s campaign in Gujarat.
Karan Thapar discusses the 2017 Gujarat assembly election results with Sanjay Kumar, director of the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, and Prashant Jha, author and associate editor at Hindustan Times.
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Even in the seats that the saffron party retained in the region, its victory margin has fallen considerably.
The less-than-impressive show in Gujarat indicates that the BJP is no longer invincible and that the opposition is very much in the game.
While the hike in power prices will increase rural distress, many farmers believe the move is particularly cruel because the quality of rural power supply hasn’t improved.
Several MLAs are now in the running for the post including Union health minister J.P. Nadda.
After 22 years of BJP rule in the state, two fears have become evident – of going against it and of the ‘other’.
Vinod Dua analyses the Gujarat assembly election results and discusses what to expect in the winter session of the parliament.
Trends indicate that when voter turnout rises in the state, the party’s vote share falls. So when more people in Gujarat come out to vote, they most often are voting for the opposition.
Essay writing, painting and extempore speech competitions about the government’s flagship programmes were organised in all government schools and colleges of the state.
The Right to Information Act has not been implemented in letter and spirit, which is why the number of RTI appeals and complaints with the Central Information Commission is growing.
Researcher and journalist Subir Ghosh talks to Anuj Srivas from The Wire on the financial mess that the Gujarat State Petroleum Corporation finds itself in and how it is emblematic of the larger Gujarat model.
The Gujarat assembly election results have confirmed electoral democracy’s curative power to correct political arrogance.
The BJP faces challenges of low immunisation rates, skewed sex ratio, stunting, wasting, low enrolment of girls in schools and low conviction rates for crimes against SC/STs.
The aggression of development, the militancy of cultural nationalism and the loud assertion of ‘shiny’ India have become the dominant discourse, and it is becoming extremely difficult to come out of its shadow.
While the BJP has set won 44 seats, the Congress could be satisfied as it has retained the vote share it secured in the last assembly elections.
Amit Shah focused on consolidating non-Patidar regions, making sure Congress’s big names were defeated and engaging with disenchanted traders and merchants.
The poll body also decided to set up a panel to suggest amendments to a provision in the election law barring campaigning 48 hours ahead of polling.
The saffron party’s Hindutva campaign managed to consolidate Hindus in urban areas, but that such a campaign had limited success in rural parts cannot be ignored.
Siddharth Varadarajan talks to Poornima Joshi, political editor of Hindu Business Line, and Apoorvanand, political science teacher at Delhi University.
‘Vikas’ took a backseat long ago; the BJP is now back to basics and even when there is no election going on, it will continue on this trajectory.
“The Muslims in India are also Hindus.”
The saffron party is set to form the government in both states.
Vijay Rupani to retain his Rajkot (West) seat.
The BJP’s chief ministerial candidate Prem Kumar Dhumal has lost Sujanpur assembly seat to Congress’ Rajinder Rana.
From his recent speeches, it seems as though the Gandhi scion is planning to move the so-called centrist party towards the Left.
Portfolios of the new ministers are yet to be announced.
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The overwhelming majority of India’s Hindus have repeatedly shown that they are not willing to be swayed by anti-Muslim sentiments.
The Supreme Court on Friday rejected a demand, raised by Congress leaders Abhishek Manu Singhvi and Kapil Sibal, for tallying at least 25% of EVM votes with VVPAT.
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Vinod Dua discusses the alleged ‘inaction’ of the Election Commission in Gujarat, and details of polling in the two phases of the election.
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.
Exit polls predict the BJP to win over 110 seats in Gujarat and 49 seats in Himachal Pradesh.
Nomadic Muslim communities allege that they are being specifically targeted by the government’s eviction drive.
The party accused the EC of being a ‘puppet’ of the ruling BJP after it pulled up Rahul Gandhi over alleged model code of conduct violation in Gujarat but failed to take action against the PM for the same.
The only way we can confront him is by rebuilding our democracy into one which protects the likes of Afrazul and Akhlaq.
The physical segregation of Muslims in Gujarat is a part of the larger Hindutva objective to alienate those considered the ‘other’ from mainstream political processes.
The civil court has directed Jay Shah’s lawyers to be present on December 13.