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Fresh video out, BJP intensifies counter to Opposition’s ‘Vikas’ jibe
Fri, Oct 20, 2017

The “Vikas gando thayo chhe (Vikas has gone crazy)” campaign was started by a Patidar youth and it found support in Patidar leader Hardik Patel and Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi.

Ahead of Gujarat Assembly polls, Vijay Rupani govt drops cases against Patidar leader, Sanand farmers
Thu, Oct 19, 2017

The government has already withdrawn 468 criminal cases against the Patidars agitating for reservation benefits.

PM Narendra Modi’s Assembly poll pitch: Congress, Gandhis hate, abuse Gujarat
Tue, Oct 17, 2017

Describing the assembly elections as a fight between development of the BJP and dynasty of the Congress, Modi said that the Congress, while in power at the Centre, tried its best to jail him after sending Amit Shah behind bars.

Interview: Gujarat feels special vibrations with Narendra bhai, people are seeing vikas, says state BJP chief Jitu Vaghani
Sun, Oct 15, 2017

"And Narendrabhai is the pride of Gujarat. Why should we not insist he come to Gujarat? Whenever he comes, Gujarat benefits. We do our bit, but Gujarat feels special vibrations with the arrival of Narendrabhai," said Jitu Vaghani.

Battle for Gujarat… without Modi in the race
Sun, Oct 15, 2017

Rahul Gandhi’s yatra may have added fresh impetus to Congress’s campaign, but for BJP, this election is already like few in the past. It is up against anger over GST, demonetisation, and facing rivals and protesters who have ensured that the agenda won’t be Hindutva this time but remain vikas. PARIMAL DABHI captures the mood

Narendra Modi Vadnagar visit: With blessings of Bhole Baba, able to digest poison, says PM
Mon, Oct 09, 2017

This was PM Modi’s first visit to Vadnagar, his home town, after becoming PM. Addressing a huge gathering, he referred emotionally to seeing many old friends and known faces while carrying out a roadshow on familiar terrain.

Three generations of Congress injustice in Gujarat: Amit Shah
Mon, Oct 02, 2017

The second phase of the Gaurav Yatra will start on October 2 from Porbandar, the birth place of Mahatma Gandhi. The Yatra will conclude in Gandhinagar on October 16 with a rally addressed by PM Modi and Amit Shah.

Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani dares Hardik, Jignesh, Alpesh: let them fight elections
Sun, Oct 01, 2017

Rupani accused the Congress of facilitating the rise of these three leaders, pointing out that Hardik had been consistently “anti BJP” on Twitter.

Sardar Sarovar Dam: Years of dispute, finally full height
Mon, Sep 18, 2017

The Indian Express explains the inter-state disputes, activist protests and politics involved in the making of the Sardar Sarovar Dam

Surat trader followed by PM Modi on Twitter: ‘I never heard of Gauri Lankesh, I was a nobody until that tweet’
Sat, Sep 09, 2017

The 38-year-old has since deleted the tweet and changed his Twitter profile which earlier mentioned, among other things, “Honored To Be Followed by PM Sh. @narendramodi Ji”. It now simply announces “Hindu Nationalist” with 31,000 followers as of tonight — up about 3,000 in three days.

Gujarat: Nitin Patel finished second and now, a ‘cold war’ brews
Mon, Aug 07, 2017

Nitin Patel, 61-year-old leader of Mehsana, had also started giving interviews to news channels which began flashing news about the “impending announcement” as he began accepting congratulations from anchors and reporters alike.

Staying Afloat
Mon, Aug 07, 2017

Today, Vijay Rupani completes a year as Chief Minister of Gujarat. Parimal Dhabi retraces the last 12 months of his rule. His rise, the challenges he faced and what others say about his leadership

Three-fold rise in Gujarat Dalits converting to Buddhism
Tue, Jul 11, 2017

P G Jyotikar, one of the first Dalits to convert to Buddhism in Gujarat, says around 1,500-1,600 Dalits have embraced Buddhism in the state since the Una incident, and that nearly 500 of them went to Nagpur for the conversion. Before Una, he adds, Gujarat would see 400-500 conversions a year.

Farmers move Gujarat HC after govt denies permission to hold protest march
Mon, Jul 10, 2017

The farmers’ group, Khedut Samaj Gujarat (KSG), is protesting against a 2009 government notification that brings 68 villages of Mehsana, Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad district under Ahmedabad Urban Development Authority (AUDA).

Life term for killing cows, Chief Minister Vijay Rupani says want ‘vegetarian’ Gujarat
Sat, Apr 01, 2017

Rupani also described Gujarat as a “unique state”, which followed the tenets of Mahatma Gandhi — “non-violence and truth”.

Gujarat amends law to bring in life sentence for cow slaughter
Sat, Apr 01, 2017

When the amendment Bill was introduced over a month ago, it had a maximum punishment of ten years imprisonment.

2002 Gulberg Society massacre: Ahsan Jafri was ‘illustrious’ resident of Ahmedabad’s Chamanpura, says BJP MLA
Tue, Feb 21, 2017

Rajput made the remark while paying tributes to former Gujarat minister and two-time MP Gabhaji Thakor in the Assembly.

Gujarat govt’s largest recruitment drive for constables hit by glitch
Tue, Jan 24, 2017

Chairman of Lokrakshak Recruitment Board IPS G S Malik admitted that there were complaints related to the instruments provided by Andhra Pradesh-based IT firm E-Soft.

Gujarat government’s new headache: Random phone calls to ministers
Fri, Jan 20, 2017

Audio clips of calls from people seeking answers go viral on social media, ministers say the govt has a big heart

Gujarat Adjijati Vikash Paksh: Founder now a JD(U) MLA, his son runs the delisted party
Thu, Dec 29, 2016

At Vasava’s address, the two bedrooms and kitchen are currently being used by seven youths from various villages preparing for competitive exams.

Atrocity victims: Gujarat Governor O P Kohli to meet parents of slain Dalit soldier today
Tue, Nov 15, 2016

Jahabhai and Jethiben from Karadi village in Sayla taluka of Surendranagar district were sitting on protest along with many other victims of caste discrimination from Saurashtra region at Satyagraha Chhavni.

Over 200 Dalits convert to Buddhism in Gujarat
Wed, Oct 12, 2016

The programmes were organised in Kalol of Gandhinagar district, Danilimda area of Ahmedabad city and Wadhwan town of Surendranagar district.

Ahead of Gujarat polls, Amit Shah visits state more often
Fri, Aug 19, 2016

Amit Shah set to visit state today, his fourth this month.

Lost a father in Pramukh Swami: PM Narendra Modi
Wed, Aug 17, 2016

Modi began his speech saying, “Many among you might have lost a guru, but I have lost a father.” He said Pramukh Swami had nurtured him like a father.

Modi bids emotional adieu to Pramukh Swami, says he’s lost a father figure
Tue, Aug 16, 2016

Fighting back tears Modi began his speech saying, “Many among you might have lost a guru, but I have lost father.”

Una flogging made a national issue due to UP polls: Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani
Thu, Aug 11, 2016

According to Rupani, “half” the Bahujan Samaj Party has joined the BJP in Uttar Pradesh.

PM Narendra Modi laid a foundation of development, that is the path I will tread, says Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani
Thu, Aug 11, 2016

Days after taking charge as the new Gujarat Chief Minister, Vijay Rupani spoke to The Indian Express. Excerpts from the interview:

Ex-journalist, lawyer, aspiring politician: Meet Jignesh Mevani, face of the Gujarat Dalit agitation
Mon, Aug 08, 2016

Jignesh Mevani, 35, has been the face of protests by Dalits following the assault of Dalits in Una.

Amit’s Shah of Gujarat is loyalist Vijay Rupani
Sat, Aug 06, 2016

Nitin Patel is deputy hours after word spread that he was CM.

Nitin Patel: A tall Kadva Patidar leader who rose through the ranks
Sat, Aug 06, 2016

Nitin Patel also headed a high level committee of ministers appointed by Anandiben Patel when the Patidar quota agitation was at its peak to negotiate various issues of the protesting Patidars.

The day she resigned: Anandiben office didn’t know until last minute
Wed, Aug 03, 2016

Day after, CM works from home; holds meetings, clears files

Anandiben Patel resigns: For party and govt, string of reverses under her watch
Wed, Aug 03, 2016

Anandiben government was blamed for “miscalculating” and “mishandling” the Patidar agitation for reservation. The crackdown on protesters alienated the powerful Patels.

Cow was killed by lion, not Dalit men flogged by gau rakshaks: CID
Wed, Jul 27, 2016

The Gir Somnath police, who were investigating the case earlier, had also sought remand of the accused to trace the phones that were allegedly snatched by the gau rakshaks, and to track down the other vehicle, motorcycles used during the attack.

In Gujarat, Dalit protest has no leader, but many followers
Tue, Jul 26, 2016

Activists attribute this to “constant discrimination” and “atrocities” being faced by Dalits across Gujarat for long, more often in recent times.

Gujarat Dalit flogging: ‘If we are treated this way for cleaning their filth, we won’t do it at all’
Sun, Jul 24, 2016

For generations, Dalits in Mota Samadhiyala village of Gujarat’s Una taluka have faced discrimination at the hands of the upper castes. But this time, when seven of them were flogged for skinning a dead cow, something snapped.

Modi Cabinet Reshuffle: Ousted MoS claims boss, Gujarat CM went to PM Modi against him
Wed, Jul 06, 2016

Vasava also had a run-in with Shyam S Agarwal, Secretary in the Ministry of Tribal Affairs, who he claimed did not respond to his letters.