Syed Khalique Ahmed


Gujarat Assembly: Congress MLA Paresh Dhanani takes charge as Leader of Opposition, vows to defeat BJP
Tue, Jan 23, 2018

Refuses to accept garlands, says Congress’s agenda is to bring an end to the rule of fear, fraud and corruption

Congress MLA Paresh Dhanani to renovate 116 Ram temples in Amreli villages
Thu, Jan 11, 2018

BJP slams move, terms it Congress’s ‘political drama to cheat people of Gujarat on pretext of Hindutva’

Gujarat: Congress comeback in Mehsana municipality
Wed, Jan 10, 2018

In prestige municipality, 10 rebel councillors back with Congress, BJP leaders removed from committees.

Gujarat: BJP loses power in Mehsana municipality, councillors return to Congress
Tue, Jan 09, 2018

The Congress stayed in power for about a year. Last year, 10 Congress councillors “switched’’ over to BJP with their leader Raiben Patel continuing as municpality’s president after defecting from the Congress.

Gujarat: Koli leader Bavaliya stakes claim for Leader of Opposition, Rahul Gandhi to decide today
Thu, Jan 04, 2018

Three-time MLA Paresh Dhanani, who has emerged as the frontrunner for the post, reportedly told observers that he “will work as a team member with anyone who is assigned the responsibility of LoP’’

Gujarat: Patidar leader Paresh Dhanani emerges as the frontrunner in Leader of Opposition race
Mon, Jan 01, 2018

To balance caste equation, party may choose tribal MLA as his deputy, OBC leader for PAC chief post

Gujarat: Patidar leader frontrunner for leader of Opposition
Mon, Jan 01, 2018

With most of its senior leaders — Arjun Modhwadia, Siddharth Patel and Shaktisinh Gohil — biting the dust in the polls, the Congress is looking for a new face.

Rahul Gandhi takes stock: Lack of confidence led to Congress loss
Sun, Dec 24, 2017

While he rejected complaints from some Congress workers that tickets were not distributed done properly, Rahul admitted that there could be some mistakes here and there

Gujarat elections 2017: Losing Congress candidates plan anti-EVM campaign
Sat, Dec 23, 2017

Congress candidate from Karanj in Surat Bhavesh Bhumbhaliya claimed, “One of the EVMs opened for counting in my constituency showed the elections were held on December 14. But, the elections in my constituency in south Gujarat were held on December 9.”

Gujarat: In Congress three-day meet chintan shivir, talk of ‘caste polarisation’ behind its undoing
Thu, Dec 21, 2017

Support for Patidar quota leader Hardik polarised Dalits, tribals, OBCs against us, say Congress workers.

In 3-day camp, Congress to introspect on Gujarat loss
Wed, Dec 20, 2017

The meeting will be held in Ahmedabad on December 20-22 and Rahul Gandhi, who took over as party president on December 16, will be present on the last day of the shivir

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.

Strong undercurrent against BJP, a big shift is coming here: Rahul Gandhi
Wed, Dec 13, 2017

Addressing a press conference in Ahmedabad, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said PM Narendra Modi has also stopped talking about education, hospitals and farmers’ issues.

Gujarat assembly elections 2017: Rahul Gandhi’s devotion to temple politics catches BJP off guard
Sun, Dec 10, 2017

According to Congress leaders, Gandhi has so far visited 25 temples, including the famous Ambaji, Becharaji and also Akshardham temple in Gandhinagar.

Congress respects PMO, won’t use ‘derogatory’ words for it: Rahul Gandhi
Sat, Dec 09, 2017

Rahul said, “Campaign is over and STILL no mention of a manifesto for the people, no vision and no ideas presented for Gujarat’s future.”

Gujarat elections 2017: ‘Ahmed Patel as CM’ mystery posters surface in Muslim localities of Surat, Congress blames BJP
Fri, Dec 08, 2017

Several posters having photographs of Ahmed Patel with Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi were found in the morning in Muslim-majority localities of Surat.

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”.

Gujarat elections 2017: People wearing black barred from PM Modi’s rally in Bharuch
Sun, Dec 03, 2017

All those who came in black clothes at the sugar mills ground to campaign for his party candidates in Bharuch district in south Gujarat were sent back by security personnel.

Gujarat Assembly elections: Congress minus explicit outreach to Muslims
Tue, Nov 28, 2017

While Muslims account for a 10th of the population, they have never been proportionately represented in elections or the assembly.

Beyond big two in Gujarat election: Angry NCP, lonely Vaghela and now-out-now-in AAP
Tue, Nov 28, 2017

Among the prominent other parties are the NCP of Sharad Pawar, which had contested in 2007 and 2012 in alliance with the Congress and won 3 and 2 seats respectively.

Gujarat Assembly Elections: Congress releases 76 names, keeps 17 seats pending
Mon, Nov 27, 2017

Advocate Babubhai Mangukia, who played a key role in bringing Patidar leader Hardik Patel to declare support for the Congress, has been fielded from Thakkarbapanagar.

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 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.

Gujarat elections: Four vote-banks, four leaders for Congress caste formula
Wed, Nov 22, 2017

Gujarat elections: Congress leaders describe the new caste engineering as KHAP, a spinoff from former CM Madhavsinh Solanki’s KHAM formula of the 1980s that had sought to address Kshatriyas, Dalits (the acronym was based on their description as “Harijan”), Adivasis (tribals) and Muslims

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: 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.

Delayed by alliance talks, disputes, Congress first list likely tomorrow
Sat, Nov 18, 2017

With the last date for filing of nominations for the first phase coming up on November 21, party leaders said the first candidates’ list is expected to be announced over the weekend.

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”.

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.

Chhotu Vasava likely to meet Rahul Gandhi on November 2 over seat-sharing talks
Wed, Nov 01, 2017

Vasava, who is the lone JD(U) MLA and part of the Sharad Yadav-faction of the party, said that though he will not attend Rahul’s event as he has not been invited yet, his party workers will take part in the Congress leader’s rallies and roadshows.

If Congress doesn’t accept our offer, we will go solo: SP
Thu, Oct 26, 2017

State SP president Surendra Yadav said he had taken up the matter in writing with the Congress’s central and state leadership.

Field candidates of my choice, Hardik Patel tells Congress
Wed, Oct 25, 2017

Hardik was slated to meet Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Monday in Ahmedabad, but that meeting was cancelled for unknown reasons.

Gujarat on boil, its voice can’t be bought: Rahul Gandhi, at rally with Alpesh Thakor
Tue, Oct 24, 2017

Rahul Gandhi, who began his speech with slogans of “Jai Mata Ki”, “Jai Sardar” and “Jai Bhim”, admitted Alpesh Thakor into the Congress at the meeting.

Gujarat assembly elections: Alpesh to join Congress, party offers tickets to Hardik Patel and Dalit activist Jignesh, too
Sun, Oct 22, 2017

BJP spokesperson Harshad Patel mocked the Congress outreach to the three youth leaders: “The leaderless Congress can’t fight on its own, and hence wants the support of others.”

Gujarat polls: NCP pushes for poll alliance with Congress
Thu, Oct 19, 2017

The NCP leader said that he was in touch with the state Congress leaders. “If an alliance is not worked out, then the NCP will fight on its own,” he said.

Gujarat elections: Congress in dilemma to give tickets to MLAs above 70 yrs or not
Thu, Oct 19, 2017

Among the 43 MLAs promised tickets after RS polls, five are above 70 years