Avinash Nair


Gujarat elections: 69% turnout in second phase of polling, minor clashes reported
Fri, Dec 15, 2017

Polling for Gujarat elections concluded on Thursday with 67.75% voter turnout in the two phases. The turnout is about 4% less than the 72% polling clocked in 2012

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’

Gujarat Assembly elections 2017: Where Hardik Patel lives, BJP fingers crossed
Wed, Dec 13, 2017

BJP expects close fight, its Patel candidate is sitting Congress MLA; new Congress candidate is senior OBC leader

Gujarat elections: EC orders repolling in six booths on December 14
Tue, Dec 12, 2017

These polling booths are part of four of the 89 first phase assembly constituencies where votes have already been cast.

Congress sees BJP plan to cut votes as Independent numbers cross 700
Tue, Dec 12, 2017

Congress says in 2012, on 42 seats, Independents ate into 12 per cent of its votes; BJP says confident of its vote share.

Modiji talks of Modiji 90 per cent time, says Rahul Gandhi
Sun, Dec 10, 2017

At PM home town Vadnagar, Rahul Gandhi says Modi changing agenda: When nothing worked, he talks about himself.

Gujarat elections: Rahul Gandhi slams ‘Modi model’, lists 10 villages where land acquired was given to Tata and Adani
Sat, Dec 09, 2017

"Modiji gave Adani one metre land for one rupee. In just three months, the same land was sold by Adani to government companies at the cost of Rs 3,000 per metre," Rahul Gandhi said

Gujarat clocks 30.31% polling till 12 pm, Congress alleges EVM malfunctioning in several booths
Sat, Dec 09, 2017

In the first four hours of polling till 12 pm, Gujarat witnessed an average voter turnout of 30.31 per cent, with the highest turnout being recorded in the districts of Tapi, Morbi and Navsari.

Gujarat elections: Today, Congress will eye a big bite into urban saffron pie
Sat, Dec 09, 2017

The rural-urban divide was clearly visible in the civic polls held in the state in 2015, when the BJP won most of the municipal corporations and municipalities.

Character and morals of Gujarat not in-sync with Congress: PM Modi
Tue, Dec 05, 2017

Comparing the reconstruction work undertaken under his leadership in Gujarat after the 2001 earthquake in Kutch, Modi impressed upon the crowd how the impact of natural disasters were "still visible" in places like Latur, Kedarnath, Kashmir and Odisha.

PM Modi slams Kapil Sibal over Patidar quota formula
Tue, Dec 05, 2017

With the PAAS accepting the Congress’ quota formula and campaigning against the ruling BJP, Modi said: “You (Congress) are trying to fool people by saying that you will give this and you will give that... They want to lure people by making false promises.”

Gujarat elections: Morals and values of Gujarat not in sync with Congress, says PM Modi
Tue, Dec 05, 2017

In a bid to woo Patidars and Kshatriyas, Modi highlighted the unity of the two communities several times in his speech and invoked Sardar Patel and Krishna Kumarsinh Bhavsinh, the last maharaja of Gohil dynasty.

Amit Shah’s forecast: On December 18, BJP will win 150 seats by 11 am in Gujarat elections
Sat, Dec 02, 2017

Gujarat elections: “Today what has happened in UP will be repeated in Gujarat. On December 18, when counting takes place, BJP will win 150 seats by 11 am.... The results in UP have shut their (Congress leaders’) mouth,” he said.

Gujarat elections: In temple town, caste plays on parties’ minds
Fri, Dec 01, 2017

BJP leader says caste equation threatening; Congress fields leader from largest group in Somnath, minds equations in rest of district

Rahul Gandhi attacks PM Modi over Rafale deal, Jay Shah case
Sun, Nov 26, 2017

Rahul also hit out at BJP president Amit Shah’s son Jay Shah and his business enterprise that reportedly managed to increase its turnover from Rs 50,000 to Rs 80 crore in one year.

Pilgrim spot linked to Lord Krishna among PM’s pit stops on Gujarat poll tour next week
Sat, Nov 25, 2017

The public meeting Modi will address at Prachi on November 29 will target voters in nearby Assembly constituencies of Somnath, Talala, Kodinar and Una of the Gir-Somnath district and Mangrol and Keshod of Jungadh district, BJP leaders said.

Gujarat elections: People fear KHAM, Congress trying to revive caste formulations in state, says Sitharaman
Sat, Nov 25, 2017

Sitharaman said the people of Gujarat value development, harmony and peace, “and the continuous (popular) support to the BJP and the BJP government over the decades stems from this”.

Gujarat Assembly elections 2017: If EVM fails in a close call, importance of paper trail
Thu, Nov 23, 2017

The number of votes that could not be retrieved may have been small, but in close contests it could make all the difference between victory and defeat

Familiar contest in Gujarat’s Porbandar: Former PCC chief Arjun Modhvadiya versus minister Babu Bokhiriya
Tue, Nov 21, 2017

According to an analysis by Association for Democratic Reforms, Bokhiriya faces charges of theft, criminal trespass and concealing design to commit offence which is his duty (as a public servant) to prevent.

Congress has no support from people on GST, note ban, job loss issues: CM Vijay Rupani
Sat, Nov 18, 2017

“The GST Council has held about 90 meetings so far, and all decisions have been taken unanimously,” Rupani said, adding that the Congress is playing politics by using the new tax system.

Gujarat: A small population with low enrolment of voters is focus of EC outreach — and BJP
Thu, Nov 16, 2017

Persons with disabilities include those with impaired sight, hearing, speech and movement, besides mental retardation and illness.

Yashwant Sinha: 700 years ago a shehanshah did demonetisation. His name was Mohammed-bin-Tuglaq
Wed, Nov 15, 2017

When pointed out that Jaitley has been elected to the Rajya Sabha from Gujarat, Sinha said, "He might have been elected from Gujarat, but he is a burden on you. If he had not been elected from here, then a Gujarati would have got a chance in the Rajya Sabha."

Year after demonetisation, real estate boom in Gujarat churns out ‘black money’
Tue, Nov 14, 2017

The rebound is noteworthy especially after transactions across Gujarat fell by 43 per cent towards the end of November 2016, the month when demonetisation was announced.

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman seeks votes in Modi’s former Assembly seat
Sun, Nov 12, 2017

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Saturday campaigned for the BJP in the Tamil-dominated pockets of the Maninagar Assembly constituency

Note ban organised loot, real offenders escaped: Manmohan Singh in Gujarat
Wed, Nov 08, 2017

Rebutting allegations that past Congress governments were anti-Gujarat, Singh described how leaders like Mahatma Gandhi, Sardar Patel and Morarji Desai had been honoured.

For Gujarat voters, the candidate comes last, religion or caste first
Tue, Nov 07, 2017

Distribution of gifts was something that nearly 61% of the respondents in Gujarat were aware about, but only 29% knew that such distribution is illegal, said Major General Anil Verma (retired), ADR head, addressing mediapersons.

Gujarat truth — bullets fired at Patidars, canes that landed on Dalits: Rahul Gandhi
Sat, Nov 04, 2017

Rahul Gandhi was speaking at a meeting in Kumar Shala grounds in Pardi town of Valsad district on the third day of the last leg of his Navsarjan Yatra.

Gujarat Assembly Elections 2017: If we win, will listen to your mann ki baat too, says Rahul Gandhi
Sat, Nov 04, 2017

Assuring the crowd that if the Congress comes to power in Gujarat it would redress the issues of GST and bring about reforms, Rahul Gandhi promised to return to Surat next week.

Bullet train cannot be India’s strength: Rahul Gandhi to Vapi industrialists
Thu, Nov 02, 2017

"I am saying that bullet train cannot be the strength of India, because it is made in Japan. It is not made in India. If we bring the bullet train here, then it will not be India's strength; it will be the strength of Japan," he remarked.

Gujarat elections 2017: EC finds 3550 defective VVPATs during First Level Checks
Wed, Nov 01, 2017

This is the first time VVPATs are being used in all the 182 assembly seats in Gujarat.

EC’s focus on 9 districts with low women voter turnout
Wed, Nov 01, 2017

“As the elections near, we will now be focussing on these districts to address the lesser participation of women voters and carry out interventions that will aid in higher turnouts,” said B B Swain, Chief Electoral Officer of Gujarat.

Jump in voters, several questions
Wed, Nov 01, 2017

Five Assembly seats show record jump of over 30%; EC points to industrialisation, experts disagree

Gujarat elections 2017: Flood relief, before and after poll breather
Fri, Oct 27, 2017

Before Himachal Pradesh's election date announced, govt had distributed 2/3 of funds for Banaskantha, entire allocation in Patan, most in Surendranagar.

How hopes for travel ease, trade boost ride Ghogha-Dahej ro-ro ferry
Fri, Oct 20, 2017

PM will inaugurate Ghogha-Dahej ro-ro ferry on Sunday, a ‘dream project’ expected to revolutionise Saurashtra and South Gujarat.

Gujarat poll dates delayed, sops and relief flood Banaskantha
Sun, Oct 15, 2017

Patan District Collector Anand Patel told The Sunday Express that “100 percent of relief and rehabilitation” work in the district has been completed.

Gender skew in Gujarat electoral rolls: The younger the voters, the fewer the women
Fri, Oct 13, 2017

Women are outnumbered by men at all ages under 60, match them in the age group 60-69, and outnumber them in the senior age groups.