The Sangh parivar’s desperation to quickly try and recover lost ground before its goals are thwarted is cranking up the hatred quotient in India.
Modi made a series of claims throughout 2017, many of which turned out to be either untrue or partially true. Here is a list of ten such claims.
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.
Amit Shah focused on consolidating non-Patidar regions, making sure Congress’s big names were defeated and engaging with disenchanted traders and merchants.
Mevani, who contested as an independent candidate with support of the Congress, polled 95,497 votes on the seat reserved for a Schedule Caste nominee.
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.
Vijay Rupani to retain his Rajkot (West) seat.
In a conversation with Karan Thapar, Sanjay Kumar, the director of the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies and Prashant Jha, author and associate editor at Hindustan Times, discuss the likely outcome of the Gujarat elections.
Many textile traders who were involved in the protest say they will vote for the BJP again because the Congress fielded an unknown candidate and was not able to win their confidence.
Congress leaders responded by protesting outside the chief minister’s house, where they allege they were subjected to excessive police force.
Indranil Rajguru, who won the Rajkot East seat for the Congress in 2012, has decided to contest against Vijay Rupani from Rajkot West this time.
Rajguru has been campaigning in the Rajkot West constituency for a year now, and is known for his aggressive, macho image.
Arfa Khanum Sherwani discusses the political landscape in Gujarat, the rise of young leaders and election strategies of various parties with The Hindu’s deputy editor Vikas Pathak and political analyst Abhay Kumar Dubey.
Given Bhuj’s large Muslim population, the prime minister shifted away from his broader campaign tenor and raked up issues with the potential to polarise communities.
The AAP chief’s tactical shift could well be a precursor to the realignment of political forces in the 2019 polls.
In conversation with the newly-inducted Congress leader on what he expects from the upcoming elections, his party’s agenda and more.
While the BJP has rarely talked about the community in a positive light, the Congress too is ignoring Muslims this time as it tries to build a soft Hindutva image in the state.
In conversation with political analyst Achyut Yagnik on what to expect from the upcoming Gujarat assembly elections, the rise of the BJP and more.
The Patidar leader said the Congress had agreed to include reservations for the community in their manifesto.
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.
While the global investor’s summit has helped to catapult Modi to the top job in India, it has done precious little to create jobs in his home state.
Vinod Dua discusses politics in Gujarat in the run-up to the 2017 assembly elections and Subramanian Swamy’s criticism of Aadhaar.
Other textile traders have also said that they are thinking about whether to continue supporting the BJP after facing huge losses due to the GST.
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.
Suresh Mehta, who quit the BJP in 2007, argues that successive governments in Gujarat have pushed the state towards becoming permanently trapped in debt.
By announcing the dates of the Himachal Pradesh elections but failing to do so for Gujarat, the EC has ensured that the Model Code of Conduct does not kick in yet in Modi’s state.
The activist was one of the leaders of the Dalit Asmita Yatra last year and the co-convenor of the Rashtriya Dalit Adhikar Manch.
Patel said that with the state elections around the corner, the BJP would offer the Patidar community many “lollipops” in their fight for reservation.
The ambitious Modi-Shah duo are keen to break Congress chief minister Madhav Sinh Solanki’s record 149 seats out of 182 in the 1985 elections – a mark they could not cross even when Modi was chief minister of Gujarat.
Farm distress across the country is a warning signal for the BJP, which faces many state assembly elections in the next two years.