Aditi Raja


In poll-bound Gujarat, CM makes way for PM Modi
Sun, Oct 15, 2017

In view of the PM’s visit, Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, who was scheduled to inaugurate the projects at a mega event on Sunday, called off his visit to the city on Saturday.

Poll code delayed by Election Commission, Gujarat officials open project purse-strings
Sat, Oct 14, 2017

The BJP-ruled Vadodara Municipal Corporation’s standing committee was convened Friday to finalise a mega event for Sunday where Chief Minister Vijay Rupani is expected to inaugurate development works worth Rs 780 crore.

Gujarat takes to Rahul Gandhi warmly on his yatra: Will it translate into votes?
Fri, Oct 13, 2017

The audience consisting mostly of young boys and girls, heard Rahul Gandhi in rapt attention and responded to his rhetorical questions in a chorus. And, Gandhi interacted with them and proclaimed that "There is an undercurrent against Modi, Amit Shah and the BJP here in Gujarat."

He will promise to bring the moon to India by 2030: Rahul Gandhi mocks Narendra Modi
Thu, Oct 12, 2017

As his cavalcade meandered through the tribal-dominated districts of central Gujarat, Rahul continued to target the PM and BJP president Amit Shah over the controversy surrounding the firm owned by Shah’s son Jay.

In Gujarat, Rahul Gandhi accuses PM Modi of ‘selling dreams to the poor’
Wed, Oct 11, 2017

"Yesterday Modiji said, ‘I will finish poverty from Gujarat by 2022’. In 2025, Modiji will send every Gujarat citizen to the moon; in 2028, he will give everyone homes on the moon. By 2030, Modiji will bring the moon to the earth.”

Rahul Gandhi: Have not seen a woman in RSS shakha
Wed, Oct 11, 2017

When a student asked if he thought journalists were unsafe in India, Rahul said, “Why do you think Lankesh was shot? Do you think truth can be hidden?... Journalists are being intimidated, most media houses ignored our press conference on (Amit Shah’s son) Jay Shah.”

‘Beti bachao campaign is now Amit Shah ke bete ko bachao,’ says Rahul Gandhi
Wed, Oct 11, 2017

Rahul Gandhi also interacted with about 200 ASHA workers in Dabhoi taluka of Vadodara who have been demanding fixed wage and retirement benefits. He assured them that if Congress returns to power, it will meet their demand in six months.

Haven’t seen a single woman in RSS wearing shorts, says Rahul Gandhi
Wed, Oct 11, 2017

“If you see the education statistics for girls, Gujarat does not feature in the top 10. This is because Modi’s words are hollow. It is in Congress nature to strengthen women and we will do it in the sector of girl’s education,” said Rahul Gandhi.

Why no women in RSS, asks Rahul Gandhi; slams sangh for ‘contempt for women’
Tue, Oct 10, 2017

"Why aren't women allowed in RSS? They (BJP) have so many women in the party, but I have not seen a single woman in RSS. What mistake have they made?"

Can’t wish annihilation of BJP, says Rahul Gandhi
Tue, Oct 10, 2017

“I think both the BJP and Congress are parties of India’s ideologies... born because a section of people believe in each of these ideologies... Therefore, I will never say that I want to annihilate the BJP from the country."

Where has ‘chowkidar’ gone now, asks Rahul Gandhi
Tue, Oct 10, 2017

Recalling Modi's assertion that he would neither engage in corruption nor allow it to happen, Rahul said, “Now, when Amit Shah's son's company has grown 16,000 times, Modiji has gone silent."

Dalits miserable under BJP rule, PM does drama in Ambedkar name: Mayawati
Sun, Sep 24, 2017

Addressing a rally in Vadodara after paying homage to Dr B R Ambedkar, Mayawati accused PM Modi of indulging “in a lot of nautanki (theatrics)” in the name of Ambedkar, and slammed his party and the RSS for making the lives of Dalits “miserable” in the country.

Gujarat polls 2017: Shankersinh Vaghela kicks off campaign with yatra
Fri, Sep 22, 2017

Former CM set to visit several temples, Congress leader Suresh Patel to host him in Vadodara

Gujarat govt defers Garib Kalyan Mela
Fri, Sep 22, 2017

This is the first time that the Garib Kalyan Mela has been deferred ever since the then Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi started it in 2009 “to wage a direct war against poverty”.

EC to reach out to voters at garba events with ‘9 vows’ of democracy
Thu, Sep 21, 2017

As part of the campaign, garba organisers will ask patrons to take nine pledges — one on each night of Navratri — to help encourage higher participation in the electoral process, the District Election Officer (DEO) of Vadodara said.

Many conspired against Sardar Sarovar Dam project, World Bank refused funding: PM Modi
Mon, Sep 18, 2017

Flanked by two Patidars — former Gujarat minister Dilip Sanghani and Surat-based diamond merchant Savji Dholakia — PM Modi urged farmers to launch a “sweet revolution” and “blue revolution” by taking up beekeeping and optimising use of waterways for transportation respectively.

Modi to review Statue of Unity’s progress as bronze cladding from China arrives
Sun, Sep 17, 2017

Officials of the Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam Ltd (SSNNL), which is executing the project, said that so far, the engineering teams have erected about 104 metre, which will form the statue’s waist.

Help families of RSS workers killed in Kerala, says J Nandkumar
Thu, Sep 14, 2017

Addressing an event organised by Bhartiya Vikas Manch, Nandkumar accused the CPI(M) of “conspiring to hack Swayamsevaks to death” in Kerala.

Hardik Patel to begin three-day rally from Thursday
Wed, Sep 13, 2017

“The idea behind the rally is to highlight our demand (for reservation). We are firm in our resolve to continue this agitation. We will highlight the issues of unemployment and other issues that are affecting people."

The bullet train route, mostly overhead, a stretch undersea
Wed, Sep 13, 2017

Formally called the Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Rail Project, it will run at an elevation of 18 metres for most of its route — 471 km out of 508 km — primarily to ensure it travels over the existing railway route.

Hardik Patel’s Sankalp Yatra to coincide with Modi-Abe bullet train ceremony
Tue, Sep 12, 2017

Hardik Patel says the rally can be viewed from a political lens ahead of the Gujarat Assembly polls.

Eye on over 1 lakh women voters in Shehra constituency: Ahead of PM Modi’s mega rally, BJP workers distribute sarees
Sat, Sep 09, 2017

As per Election Commission data, the Shehra constituency has 1,09,467 female voters.

Vadodara’s SSG Hospital told to appoint 8 super specialists
Sun, Sep 03, 2017

The circular, dated August 14, was issued days after a patient’s son appealed to MP Ranjan Bhatt urging her to help in his mother’s timely surgery. The patient was admitted in the Neurosurgery department at the hospital, which lacks critical equipment.

State’s tallest Tricolour torn, Flag Code ‘violated’
Sat, Sep 02, 2017

Interestingly, VMC officials said the flag was made of polyester, while the Part I 1.1 of the code stated, “The National Flag of India shall be made of hand-spun and hand-woven wool/ cotton/ silk/ khadi bunting.”

Don’t share videos of animal sacrifice, clerics urge Muslims
Fri, Sep 01, 2017

“Do not perform the (animal) sacrifice on roads and in public spaces. Do it in spacious enclosures . None of the conduct for (sacrifice) should cause discomfort to our compatriots," the appeal stated.

Vadodara: 25 colonies to soon come under Disturbed Areas Act
Sun, Aug 27, 2017

The area, popularly known as the Panchvati area, is predominantly a Hindu neighbourhood. Based on a request made by BJP’s Vadodara city MLA Manisha Vakil, the state Home department has asked the revenue department to initiate the process.

C K Raulji joins BJP, tilts Godhra power play
Fri, Aug 25, 2017

C K Raulji, considered close to former Congress leader Shankarsinh Vaghela, said that he has “no vested interest” in joining the BJP. He said that he was not eyeing a BJP ticket to contest in the Assembly election.

Triple Talaq Verdict: ‘There is hope now, many will get courage to fight’
Wed, Aug 23, 2017

For Habiba, the eight years of her marriage with Haroon was seeped in agony. “I have suffered mental and physical abuse from my in-laws. My mother-in-law left no stone unturned to make my life a living hell by provoking my husband to chastise me."

Won’t lose even if Muslims don’t vote for me: Godhra MLA C K Raulji
Tue, Aug 22, 2017

On his chances of getting a ticket from the BJP in the upcoming polls, he said that has not yet discussed the issue with the party leadership. "Right now, I am joining as BJP as a party worker. What the party decides later, we will see,” C K Raulji said.

Gujarat: 17 held for assault on Dalit family for skinning dead cattle
Thu, Aug 17, 2017

A police team, armed with teargas and riot control vehicle, has been stationed by the road that leads to the Dalit settlement of the village since Saturday. On Wednesday, there was no visible sign of tension in the village.

Vadodara residents displaced by demolition to restart stir
Fri, Aug 11, 2017

In a memorandum submitted to Vadodara Municipal Commissioner Vinod Rao on Tuesday, their representative J S Bandukwala demanded that their rehabilitation be done in accordance to the word given by the VMC and the local MLAs in 2015.

NCP MLA says he voted for Congress, casts doubt on future tie-up
Fri, Aug 11, 2017

While Congress claimed that it received none of the two NCP votes for Patel, state NCP president and MLA Jayant Patel alias Boskey said that he voted for him and blamed the Congress for the uncertainty about their alliance.

Amit Shah, Ahmed Patel, Smriti Irani in fray: Gujarat braces for vote today as BJP, Congress draw battlelines
Tue, Aug 08, 2017

Rajya Sabha polls: In Ahmedabad, the BJP said it was confident of winning all three seats in Gujarat. Addressing a press conference, BJP spokesperson Bharat Pandya said all members of the party were in the state to support its three candidates.

Rakhis for Gujarat Congress MLAs: Two tied by sisters, others sent from home
Tue, Aug 08, 2017

Dhiru Bhil’s sister Renuka, 55, arrived from Naswadi, followed soon by Ramesh Chavda’s family including his sister. All of them were made to wait at the entrance until Congress workers guarding the entrance had their identities confirmed their identity of their families.

In Anand resort, Gujarat Congress MLAs celebrate Raksha Bandhan under watch
Mon, Aug 07, 2017

While entry to the public has been restricted until Tuesday morning when the MLAs will travel to Gandhinagar to vote, some relatives of the MLAs arrived to celebrate Raksha Bandhan. According to the police, the resort has been cut off from the public at the request of the Congress party that cited security reasons.

Wildlife: Sayajibaug tigress sent to Surat for mating
Mon, Aug 07, 2017

ccording to the zoo curator Pratyush Patankar, the programme to transfer Pruthvi, the eight-year-old tigress, was undertaken after much deliberation and approval from the Central Zoo Authority (CZA) of India.