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Gujarat Assembly Elections 2017: Story of poll code violations, despite several complaints, many notices, little action
Thu, Dec 14, 2017

Vadodara unit of Congress writes to President, accuses state election commission of being ‘biased’

Reading the Minds: In euphoric crowds at Hardik rallies, many Modi fans who ‘will vote for BJP’
Wed, Dec 13, 2017

As Hardik reaches the podium at Sangam crossroad, in the backdrop of a famous mobile phone store, several youngsters fervently hold up their handsets to make videos and click pictures of their leader.

BJP gives you vikas with shanti, suraksha: PM Modi at rally near Godhra
Mon, Dec 11, 2017

PM Modi alleged that in the past 35-40 years of Congress rule in the state, the Sanand-Viramgam region was utterly neglected and it was only the BJP government that brought national and international companies to the region to set up manufacturing plants in the past 10 years.

Gujarat elections: Army wanted to conduct surgical strikes after 26/11, but Manmohan Singh stayed mum, claims PM Modi
Sun, Dec 10, 2017

"Look at the Congress mindset, they meet Chinese during Doklam standoff and Pakistan during tensions with the country," the Prime Minister said

Gujarat elections: Congress questioning my ‘parentage’, alleges PM Modi as voting in phase one completes
Sun, Dec 10, 2017

Modi accused the Congress of “spreading lies” about the FRDI Bill, and warned voters that the party would keep spreading “jhhoothana” (lies) until December 14, when the second phase of voting takes place.

Gujarat elections 2017: Half of state decides today as Saurashtra, South Gujarat votes in phase one
Sat, Dec 09, 2017

On Saturday, 89 of 182 seats in Gujarat go to polls. Of these, 48 are in Saurashtra, six in Kutch and 35 in South Gujarat which includes Surat, the only urban centre where the Congress hopes to make inroads.

Congress respects PMO, won’t use ‘derogatory’ words for it: Rahul Gandhi
Sat, Dec 09, 2017

Rahul said, “Campaign is over and STILL no mention of a manifesto for the people, no vision and no ideas presented for Gujarat’s future.”

Gujarat elections 2017: Dadhi-topi numbers have to be brought down, says a BJP candidate
Fri, Dec 08, 2017

When contacted, the Vadodara corporator said he was only referring to anti-social elements and did not name any community.

Gujarat elections: Once face of EC vote campaign, family too upset to vote
Fri, Dec 08, 2017

“Seventy years since Independence, we are yet to see pucca roads, health facilities and drinking water supply. Parties campaign in our village every election and use our family’s goodwill, but do nothing for the village," says a family member.

Gujarat elections: Tour after Rahul tour, waving flag
Wed, Dec 06, 2017

Pandit Dinesh Sharma follows Rahul across the country, carrying giant Congress flag and walking barefoot in the hope of seeing his leader as PM

Gujarat elections: Why Vaghela has no candidate in seat that elected him
Tue, Dec 05, 2017

The reason for opting out of Kapadvanj, the breakaway Congress says, is to allow an open field to Bimal Shah, a loyalist of Keshubhai Patel and a former BJP minister, now an independent.

Rahul signed Somnath non-Hindu register, then blamed BJP, says Vijay Rupani
Sat, Dec 02, 2017

Addressing a campaign meeting in Kevadia Colony in Narmada, Rupani also called Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani, who is supporting the Congress in the polls, a “product of JNU”, where “deshdrohis (traitors) held a meeting” and raised “anti-national slogans”.

Rajnath Singh warns Gujarat’s 3 ‘young leaders’: Rahul Gandhi will sink, and will take you down
Sat, Dec 02, 2017

Singh, who addressed rallies at Chhota Udepur, Jetpur, Lunawada and Mahuda Assembly constituencies, said, “Every scheme introduced by Narendra Modi-ji is so successful that Rahul Gandhi is very pareshaan. He is so troubled that he is queuing up at temples."

Former JD(U) leader Chhotu Vasava posts video on FB citing threat to life from BJP
Thu, Nov 30, 2017

In a 108-second video post on Facebook, Chhotu Vasava accused the BJP of inflicting atrocities on “people of his tribal constituency” without specifying any caste.

‘Save India from nationalist forces’ plea: Had no mala fide intention, Archbishop tells EC
Wed, Nov 29, 2017

The EC had asked the Archbishop to explain why his appeal to the community should not be viewed as a violation of the Model Code of Conduct. The DEO will now examine the reply on Wednesday.

Gujarat elections: Had no mala fide intention, Archbishop tells Election Commission
Wed, Nov 29, 2017

The Election Commission last Saturday issued a notice to Macwan, asking why his appeal should not be viewed as a violation of the model code of conduct.

EC notice to archbishop for letter seeking prayers for election
Sun, Nov 26, 2017

Officials said the action was taken on a complaint received by the Election Commission of India (EC) from an organisation, Legal Rights Observatory.

Gujarat Assembly elections 2017: 5 leaders who carry Congress hopes
Fri, Nov 24, 2017

Gujarat elections 2017: The Indian Express looks at the prominent faces in the Congress' top leadership.

Gandhinagar Archbishop to followers: Pray for election of humane leaders
Thu, Nov 23, 2017

The official communique, signed by Archbishop Macwan and dated November 21, terms the Gujarat election as “significant” for the future “course of our country”.

Listed as 3rd gender for voting, Gujarat transgender community wishes it was recognised for banking too
Thu, Nov 23, 2017

Anjana Kunwar Shanti Kunwar, the present leader of the Baranpura community, too called for identification of the “real transgenders”, and for wider recognition.

In Chhotu Vasava’s Jhagadia, Nitish-led JD(U) props up another Chhotu Vasava
Wed, Nov 22, 2017

The one thing that differentiates the two Chhotu Vasavas is, however, their middle names. Tribal leader Chhotu Vasava’s middle name is Amarsinh, while the other Vasava’s middle name is Abesinh.

Gujarat elections: Chhotu Vasava gets 6+1 seats to contest with Congress
Tue, Nov 21, 2017

For the first phase of polls on December 9, the Congress has given four seats to Vasava, including Jhagadia from where he filed his nomination papers on Monday as a BTP candidate.

Gujarat elections: Eyeing winnability, BJP repeats 10 MLAs, three ministers in second list
Sun, Nov 19, 2017

Relatives of two MLAs have been given tickets — Gitaba Jadeja, wife of convicted BJP MLA Jairajsinh Jadeja from Gondal seat, and Malti Maheswari, niece of Gandhidham MLA Ramesh Maheshwari

In Vadodara, Scindia tries to connect with youths-talks education and jobs, Rahul-style
Sat, Nov 18, 2017

The MP from Guna, in Madhya Pradesh, who took questions from students at the Yuva Samvad, spoke about unemployment, how graduation studies are unlinked to industry and the poor quality of education in the state.

Joined before RS polls, tickets for Gujarat polls
Sat, Nov 18, 2017

An MLA for several terms and chairman of Amul Dairy, Parmar has been given a ticket from his home constituency. He has contested from Thasra on a Congress ticket since 1995, and is influential in central Gujarat that has a large population of milk producers associated with Amul.

Vasava stock down with poll symbol rejection, Congress may offer him lone seat
Sat, Nov 18, 2017

Sources said among seats Vasava has sought is Dediapada, in Narmada district, for his son Mahesh, who recently floated his own party, Bhartiya Tribal Party (BTP), and was awarded the symbol of an auto-rickshaw.

Gujarat elections: RSS on active mode, to ‘unite Hindus against caste politics’
Thu, Nov 16, 2017

According to sources in the Sangh Parivar, RSS members will reach out to voters, especially youths, through one-on-one meetings as well as through social media.

Hardik Patel: Sex video fake… even if I was in it, can’t a 23-year-old have girlfriends?
Sat, Nov 18, 2017

Patidar leader Hardik Patel says the video won’t harm his movement as he describes the Gujarat Assembly Election battle as BJP vs Hardik Patel.

Hardik Patel targets PM: BJP using new techniques so saheb doesn’t lose
Wed, Nov 15, 2017

Hardik Patel said: “They (BJP leaders) are accusing (Congress vice-president) Rahul Gandhi of doing politics in Gujarat. So why is Modi coming to Gujarat every now and then? Is he coming to spray pesticides in fields in Saurashtra?”

Gujarat elections: BJP’s new ‘Vikas’ video shows actor Manoj Joshi tearing into Congress’ ‘divisive’ politics
Tue, Nov 14, 2017

The video is a purported attack at the Congress party and a feverish appeal to young voters to 'not let PM Narendra Modi fall on his knees' in the upcoming December 9 Gujarat polls

Gujarat Assembly elections 2017: To woo urban youth, Congress to field its quartet 
Tue, Nov 14, 2017

The four leaders will hold interactive sessions with youths in four cities, followed by semi-urban areas

Precursor to 2019 General Elections: PM Modi poster boy of BJP’s campaign, his policies centrepiece
Mon, Nov 13, 2017

The BJP has launched a multi-pronged campaign that includes yatras criss-crossing the state, door-to-door canvassing involving Union ministers, as well as a blitz on social and traditional media. In all these campaigns, PM Modi is the poster boy.

Gujarat Assembly Elections 2017: ASHA workers to mobilise voters in every district against BJP
Fri, Nov 10, 2017

About 400 ASHA workers held a Snehmilan (meeting) in Kapurai village in Vadodara district on Thursday, during which they took a pledge to campaign against “the anti-women, oppressive, Hilter-shahi and tyrannical state government”.

ASHA workers protest — Congress’ hope, BJP’s despair
Thu, Nov 09, 2017

There are about 42,000 ASHA workers across Gujarat, who act as educators and promote community welfare, thereby playing a crucial role in implementing government policies

Tracking social media: BJP-Congress’ video slugfest over ‘truth vs lies’
Tue, Nov 07, 2017

With statistics, jibes, soundbites, both the parties claim that they are speaking ‘truth’, while countering other’s ‘lies’

No network zone: With wireless, forest officials, police to connect shadow booths in Gujarat
Sat, Nov 04, 2017

The forest department has about 20 wireless stations in Narmada district, located every 5 kilometres.