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.
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.
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."
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.
"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.”
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.”
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.
“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 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?"
“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."
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."
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.
Former CM set to visit several temples, Congress leader Suresh Patel to host him in Vadodara
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”.
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.
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.
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.
Addressing an event organised by Bhartiya Vikas Manch, Nandkumar accused the CPI(M) of “conspiring to hack Swayamsevaks to death” in Kerala.
“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."
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 says the rally can be viewed from a political lens ahead of the Gujarat Assembly polls.
As per Election Commission data, the Shehra constituency has 1,09,467 female voters.
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.
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.”
“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.
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, 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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tamilian author Perumal Murugan has now come out with his new book in Tamil "Kozhaiyin Padalgal" ("Songs of a Coward"). It speaks of the period when the writer was fighting a battle, both internally as well as with the external forces.