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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.

Modi Cabinet expansion: The importance of Parshottam Rupala
Tue, Jul 05, 2016

Rupala is considered a powerful Patidar leader who can infuse a sense of confidence into BJP workers at the state level.

Modi cabinet expansion: The Patidar factor in new faces from Gujarat
Tue, Jul 05, 2016

Caste will be the game-changer in the 2017 assembly elections, say political pundits.

Two-day Gujarat BJP meet concludes in Patel bastion Mehsana
Fri, Jun 24, 2016

Rupani said that the messages of decisions taken during the executive committee meeting will be systematically sent to all the tiers of the party in the state in the coming days.

Don’t feel threatened, acknowledge women’s power, CM Anandiben Patel tells partymen
Fri, Jun 24, 2016

The CM was addressing party workers at the concluding day of the two-day Gujarat BJP executive meeting at Dudhsagar Dairy.

Centre’s poser to Gujarat over Land ceiling amendment Bill
Tue, Jun 21, 2016

The amendments propose that now, surplus land of the government under the Bill could be allotted to an Urban Local Body (ULB) and the ULB, in turn, could allot the land to anybody for any “public purpose”.

To quell rumours ahead of 2017 Gujarat Assembly polls, Anandiben reaches out to masses
Wed, Jun 15, 2016

Over the past few months, Anandiben’s government has announced various schemes. She is now touring the length and breadth of the state telling people about them.

Three commercial courts start functioning in Gujarat
Thu, Jun 02, 2016

The courts, established under the provisions of the Commercial Courts, Commercial Division and Commercial Appellate Division of High Courts Act, 2015, will exclusively adjudicate commercial matters of Rs 1 crore or above.

Gujarat polarisation panel held no hearing, wound up
Fri, Apr 15, 2016

The detailed inquiry into “polarisation of population on the basis of different religions” in the state since independence was wound up last year because it made no headway.

Revenue dept says the task ‘nearly impossible’
Mon, Mar 21, 2016

ATR admits that in many cases of allocated land, the grantee does not possess land because it has been encroached upon.

Dalit family can’t build toilet due to upper-caste ‘opposition’ in Mehsana
Fri, Feb 05, 2016

Lakshmipura-Bhandu is a small village of Visnagar taluka in Mehsana, home district of CM Anandiben Patel.