The VHP leader, a Z Plus category protectee, went “missing” after stepping out of the VHP headquarters in Ahmedabad when a contingent of Rajasthan police came to arrest him in an old case.
The state government said the ban was necessary to maintain law and order.
With conservatism dominating the state’s politics since the 1930s, Gujarat’s rightward tilt is thanks to Sardar Patel, Morarji Desai and K.M. Munshi.
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 is set to form the government in both states.
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.
With the US going back on its promise of helping India and other nations, the Modi government will pressured in its quest to double farmer incomes.
Yogendra Yadav of Swaraj India talks about his prediction for the assembly elections, the agrarian crisis in Gujarat, emerging social movements, Rahul Gandhi and more.
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.
Modi was referring to a letter issued last month by Gandhinagar archbishop Thomas Macwan in which he had appealed to Christians to pray to save the country from “nationalist forces”.
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.
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.
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.
The saffron party received Rs 80.45 crore as donations in the state between 2011-12 and 2015-16.
In an open letter, Mevani has alleged that the controversy was a conspiracy against Patel, a strong challenger to the BJP government in Gujarat.
The ruling party’s embrace of Vallabhbhai Patel, who openly opposed the RSS’s subversive activities, indicates the lengths to which it will go to win back the support of Gujarat’s Patel community.
Hitting Rs 2.22 lakh crore at the end of March 2016, the debt has risen due to the rising costs of Gujarat’s infrastructure projects and ill-advised investments in state-owned companies and statutory corporations.
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.
While Gujarat’s IMR reduction has been better than the national average, it stacks up unfavourably when compared to other affluent states like Maharashtra and Punjab or even ‘special category’ states like Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir.
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.
As political tides take a new turn every day, the BJP seems to be in an uncomfortable position in the state it has ruled for two decades.
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.
Modi, while inaugurating a RoRo ferry service in Gujarat, said it was the first of its kind. But RoRo vessels have been used by companies to move cars, coal and fertiliser across the country for some time now.
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.
The 2013 deluge came as a windfall for him. The media was too ready to build and hand over to the country, a strong man, a Rambo, a rescuer. We clung to him. From the heights of Kedarnath thus began the fall of this nation.
Suresh Mehta, who quit the BJP in 2007, argues that successive governments in Gujarat have pushed the state towards becoming permanently trapped in debt.