Gopal B Kateshiya


Three faces of Gujarat politics missing in action this time
Thu, Dec 14, 2017

Shankersinh Vaghela, Ahmed Patel and Keshubhai Patel, who have been key players in Gujarat politics in the past, are missing in action this time.

Slammed by opposition, EVMs get a thumbs-up from voters
Wed, Dec 13, 2017

Many voters, however, also complained that introduction of VVPAT has slowed down the polling, as VVPAT was taking around three seconds to display a print of the vote.

Gujarat elections: 68% vote, some technical glitches reported with EVMs; PM Modi says confident of BJP’s win
Sun, Dec 10, 2017

Over 175 candidates contested for 16 Assembly seats in Surat. Among eligible voters were 88,000 first timers.

Amid BJP’s claim of development in Gujarat, two Saurashtra villages boycott polling over basic amenities
Sat, Dec 09, 2017

None of the 1,068 voters in Gaji village of Tankara taluka in Morbi district turned up at the polling booth set up by the Election Commission of India in the village throughout day.

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 polls 2017: Narmada waters more in canals than in farms
Fri, Dec 08, 2017

Gujarat elections: Surendranagar district president blames the problems of Saurashtra’s farmers mainly on the poor progress in building the distributaries, minors and sub-minor canals that are supposed to take the Narmada waters to the fields.

Gujarat elections: Day Rupani chosen CM, I wanted this seat, says Indranil Rajyaguru
Thu, Dec 07, 2017

Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani’s challenger in Rajkot West explains why he moved from Rajkot East in this conversation with The Indian Express

Gujarat elections: In BJP fortress, CM Vijay Rupani and wife face up to strong challenge from Congress
Tue, Dec 05, 2017

Earlier known as Rajkot-II, the seat is among the BJP’s oldest fortresses. Vajubhai Vala, now governor of Karnataka, won from here seven times for the BJP, from 1985 to 2012. He vacated it once — in 2001 — for Narendra Modi.

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.”

Modi in Junagadh: Congress dislikes anything associated with Sardar Patel
Tue, Dec 05, 2017

The PM also said that the then prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru had objected to the then president Rajendra Prasad inaugurating Somnath temple in 1951 as the temple project had a Sardar Patel imprint.

Gujarat elections: Congress rigged internal polls, no democracy, says PM Modi; slams Bullet train critics
Mon, Dec 04, 2017

“My problem is, you can oppose the BJP, but why stoop to such a low level that you are opposing development of the country.” PM Modi said if leaders of the Congress have a problem with the bullet train project, they can “roam around on bullock carts”.

Hardik Patel: The Man in the Middle
Sun, Dec 03, 2017

In a state where more than half of the voters are youths, this 23-year-old has tilted the scales. Whichever side now emerges heavier, the Patidar leader who has captured a community’s imagination with his speeches, roadside meetings, and direct attacks on BJP, is here to stay. The Indian Express on the trail of Hardik Patel

If BJP loses, it’ll be our grand victory, if it wins, we all will lose: Hardik Patel in Patidar zone
Thu, Nov 30, 2017

Hardik also slammed the BJP for GST and demonitisation, and alleged that BJP workers were responsible for violence when the Congress was in power.

Gujarat elections: Congress making fun of poor as tea seller grabbed their seat, says PM Modi
Tue, Nov 28, 2017

The Prime Minister held public meetings at Bhuj (Kutch), Jasdan (Rajkot), Chalala (Amreli) and Kadodara (Surat), targeting nearly 30 Assembly constituencies which will go to polls on December 9.

Rahul Gandhi’s small meeting with fishermen aims big return for Congress
Mon, Nov 27, 2017

The population of fishing community in Porbandar is around 75,000 and over 30,000 of them are eligible to vote.

In Nano heartland, Rahul asks: Did your children get jobs in Sanand factory?
Sat, Nov 25, 2017

Rs 33,000-cr benefits to plant but govt not willing to give fisherfolk Rs 300 cr subsidy, he says in Porbandar

Gujarat polls: PM Modi can give Rs 33k crore to Tatas but not 3k crore to fishermen, says Rahul Gandhi
Fri, Nov 24, 2017

Rahul Gandhi accused PM Modi of showering state largesse on a selected few big corporate houses while discontinuing assistance to the marginalised. 

Nine years later, her husband missing, wife waiting for death certificate
Fri, Nov 24, 2017

Ramesh Bambhaniya was on board the fishing trawler Kuber that was hijacked by ten armed terrorists to reach the Mumbai coast on November 26, 2008.

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.

Changes in GST firm up BJP base in Gujarat’s ceramic hub, but some cracks still visible
Mon, Nov 27, 2017

Businessmen say the industry here accounts for 80 per cent of the total ceramic production in India, which is now second only to China in the sector.

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: Congress alters four names in second list, points at ‘political situation’; PAAS ‘happy’
Tue, Nov 21, 2017

Gujarat elections: The new list of 13 candidates named candidates for nine other constituencies, all going to the polls in the first phase of Gujarat Assembly polls on December 9.

Gujarat elections: On CM Vijay Rupani route to nomination, a dam & temple after temple
Tue, Nov 21, 2017

Union Finance Minister Aruj Jaitley joined Rupani at the meeting and accompanied him to the election office to file his papers for Rajkot West.

Gujarat elections: Congress first list of candidates has 3 from PAAS, 3 Patidar corporators
Mon, Nov 20, 2017

A former BJP member and a Janata Dal (United) office-bearer also got tickets. There are three Muslims and two women on the list.

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

Kanu Kalsariya returns to his Mahuva backyard, files papers as Independent
Sun, Nov 19, 2017

This marks return of Kalsariya to his old backyard of Mahuva after trying to seek support of voters in neighbouring Gariyadhar Assembly constituency in 2012.

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.

Gujarat BJP first list names Opposition turncoats; repeats several ministers, MLAs
Sat, Nov 18, 2017

Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, deputy CM Nitin Patel and BJP Gujarat unit chief Jitu Vaghani, who recently made peace with Karadia Rajputs, who were protesting against him in his constituency, will contest from the same seats: Rajkot West, Mehsana and Bhavnagar West, respectively.

A bandh over a BJP ticket, exits from Congress as races hot up within
Fri, Nov 17, 2017

A section of the BJP observed a bandh in Una town of Gir Somnath Thursday following rumours that a popular leader would be passed over. From the Congress, two state general secretaries have joined the BJP, one of them complaining of “outsiders”.

Gujarat: Government procurement too slow, farmers sell groundnut cheap
Tue, Nov 14, 2017

Crop piles up in Saurashtra, farmers sell in open rather than wait for govt bonus.

BJP campaign in Gujarat: Prakash Javadekar goes temple-hopping in Rajkot
Sun, Nov 12, 2017

At a press briefing, Javadekar called the Congress “anti-people”, and expressed confidence of BJP’s victory in the Assembly elections due next month.

Painting a clash communal
Mon, Nov 27, 2017

A clash between Sidi tribals and Ahirs is steadily taking communal overtones, thanks to overworking politicians in poll season.

Jitu Vaghani firefights Rajput anger in his constituency over gauchar land row
Wed, Nov 08, 2017

The community has also formed a committee led by community leader Kanbha Gohil to formulate its plans and also to hold possible talks with the Gujarat BJP.

Gujarat Assembly Elections 2017: Last 14 days, sops to woo Patidars, farmers
Thu, Oct 26, 2017

One of the major reliefs to farmers came on October 16 when Chief Minister Vijay Rupani declared interest free loans for the farmers in the state in the presence of Prime Minister Modi.

Ghogha-Dahej ferry service launched: UPA govt delayed ro-ro ferry service, says PM Modi
Mon, Oct 23, 2017

Inaugurating the project, Modi attacked the previous UPA government for “delaying the venture” over environmental issues.

PM Narendra Modi assures traders on GST, says reforms will continue
Mon, Oct 23, 2017

Stating that 27 lakh “new citizens” had come to the “mainstream” after joining GST, the Prime Minister assured Gujarat businessmen who were “afraid” that the government would not dig out old records.