The Congress, while questioning the Gujarat model, has not countered the narrative of communal polarisation in the state.
The saffron party’s election strategy was similar when its leaders were unsure of a victory in Bihar.
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.
Speeches made by Adityanath and Anurag Thakur during an election campaign in Amreli were clearly aimed at dividing the electorate on religious lines.
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.
While peasants in the Patidar-dominated districted have sided with Hardik Patel, affluent industrialists still harbour mixed feelings on whether the BJP has addressed their issues.
Rajguru has been campaigning in the Rajkot West constituency for a year now, and is known for his aggressive, macho image.
In conversation with the newly-inducted Congress leader on what he expects from the upcoming elections, his party’s agenda and more.
Former MP Dinubhai Boghabhai Solanki is the prime accused in the 2010 murder of Amit Jethwa, whose family is still fighting for justice.
An environment ministry committee, which had earlier found large-scale violations, has now been asked to look specifically at the allegation of sand dune levelling.
Close to 50 ASHA workers and two leaders of the movement were taken into police custody the day Narendra Modi visited Vadodara, apparently because the police was probing the possibility of opposition parties backing the protest.
The spate of deaths once again puts a question mark over the Gujarat model of development.
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.
According to both government records and officials in charge of disaster management, much of the flood relief operations were complete before the Himachal Pradesh elections were announced on October 12.
A.K. Joti has said that he vacated the Ahmedabad house in October 2016, but his clarifications still leave many questions unanswered about his own actions and those of the Gujarat government.
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.
The Bhadbhut weir project on the Narmada river, which the prime minister inaugurated, will ruin their livelihood, the fisherman say.
The three companies had earlier offered to sell a 51% stake in their plants for Re 1 to the Gujarat State Electricity Board.
“It took me five years to convince people in my village that praying to Ambedkar is better than praying to gods and goddesses,” said Mangalbhai, who organised the garba.
Eight accused, all Patels from Bhadraniya village, have been arrested after the attack, police said.
Despite a high court order, the local police station refused to file an FIR. The case has now been transferred to a different station.
An FIR has been filed against the priest and his two sons, who allegedly denied the Dalit girls entry and hurled casteist abuses at them.