Beyond Hardik Patel, Saurashtra's Patidar country is caught in lure of city, lack of jobs; farmers distress, temple politics; pull of community, and push of divided clans. SANDEEP DWIVEDI tracks a community that could very well decide this Gujarat election
For Rahul Gandhi, set to take over as Congress president, the Gujarat-Himachal verdict on December 18 will be a moment of reckoning. But, as Indian Express explains, the challenges for his party and his leadership go much beyond two states.
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
The BJP decision was formally announced Friday by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley who, along with party leader Saroj Pandey, came to Gandhinagar as observers for the election. This will be the second term for Rupani and Patel.
Though outgoing Chief Minister Vijay Rupani remains a strong candidate to retain the post, there has been intense speculation that he might not be handed over the reins after the BJP failed to improve on its previous tally and fell short of the 100 mark.
The bickering ally had yesterday also attacked the BJP claiming "the much-touted Gujarat model had shaken" and the poll outcome in the state was a "warning bell" to those who believe in an autocratic rule.