Gopal B Kateshiya

Articles By Gopal B Kateshiya

Explained: What Gujarat’s record voter turnout means

Gujarat voter turnout explained: The 2019 Lok Sabha elections saw 64.11% polling in Gujarat, surpassing its 2014 and 1967 high. The Indian Express digs into the polling numbers to tell the story of the 26 constituencies.

Voters skip polling in a few Gujarat villages, cite crop failure, water crisis

Not a single voter out of the 3,344 in three polling booths of Bhangor village in Jamnagar Lok Sabha constituency exercised their franchise on Tuesday. They were disappointed by the low payout of crop insurance for their groundnut crop.

Gujarat: Farmers unhappy, but their vote could go either way

“We must do something. See, how prices of groundnut, cotton, and onion we produce have gone down,” a 45-year-old sharecropper says, adding that the market price of onions, “around Rs 250 per quintal may not even cover my transportation expense”.

Gujarat Lok Sabha elections: As Hardik leads Congress campaign, Patidars say he is ‘next Keshubhai’

Hardik, who formally joined Congress last month, however, rarely referred to his quota agitation days, so much so that he even desisted from shouting “Jai Sardar” slogan until a young supporter requested him to do so.

PM Modi will not contest Lok Sabha polls from Gujarat, but can he still tilt the balance in his home state?

For the first time since 2001, Narendra Modi is not a candidate in an election in his home state. But while caste has returned, farmer anger runs high, and Congress is fighting back, could Gujarat’s own PM still tilt the balance? The Indian Express finds out.

Pakistani Hindu immigrants voting for first time cheer for Modi

Having been granted citizenship by Prime Minister Modi, they are united in their support for him.

How Gujarat fishermen won US top court ruling against global funding agency

The case, which now goes back to a US district court, relates to alleged pollution caused by a Gujarat-based power plant partly funded by IFC.

Gujarat: BJP MP Vinod Chavda’s assets grow nearly 600% in five years, liabilities grow too

In 2014, Chavda, then a member of Kutch district panchayat, had declared total assets worth Rs 56.18 lakh in the affidavit attached with his nomination papers as a BJP candidate for Kutch Parliamentary seat.

Gujarat: Body of Pakistani fisherman sent to border

The development comes a few days after Pakistan media reported last week that a Pakistani national was allegedly tortured to death in India.

Gujarat: Mixed response to PM Modi’s Chowkidar event

At Sardar Smruti hall in Varachha, at least 70 real-life chowkidars (security guards) of Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) were present, wearing their blue uniforms.

Gujarat: With Patidars drifting away, BJP woos OBC votes; five Congress MLAs in its camp

Patidars or Patels form the second largest group of voters in the state and had been committed supporters of the BJP for the last three decades. But after Hardik launched the reservation stir in 2015, the community has been drifting away from the BJP.

My father had good relations with Modi, wanted to join BJP: Javahar Chavda

The late Pethalji was an educationist and Congress leader. He contested the Lok Sabha election from Porbandar in 1996 and Junagadh in 1999. He lost both times to BJP candidates Gordhan Javiya and Bhavna Chikhaliya. However, Javahar Chavda, now 55, won the Assembly election in 1990, 2007, 2012 and 2017 as a Congress candidate.

Karni Sena is supportive. Your community remains your backbone: Rivaba Solanki, BJP

On March 3, 28-year-old Rivaba Solanki, wife of cricketer Ravindra Jadeja, took the political plunge by joining the BJP on the eve of PM Modi’s visit to Jamnagar, the city Jadeja hails from.

Will take fight against terror into its home… I will settle all scores: PM Modi in Gujarat

Slamming the Opposition, he recalled the 2008 blast at the Ahmedabad Civil Hospital in which innocent people died.

Instead of uniting in fight against terrorism, opposition trying to destroy me politically: PM Modi

PM Modi's remarks come a day after Congress president Rahul Gandhi had claimed that the country would lose Rs 30,000 crore if the NDA government was to push through the new deal signed in 2015.

PM washing feet of sanitation workers best example of social equality: Adityanath

The UP Chief Minister was addressing a religious congregation on the subject of social equality organised as part of the ongoing Girnar Shivratri Kumbh Mela in Bhavnath Taleti, the foothill of Mount Girnar in Junagadh district.

Arbitration on unpaid licence fees: ‘Pvt firm must pay dues to marine lab’

The firm, Prasmo Agri, used the technology and know-how to cultivate seaweed and extract bio-fertiliser and carrageenan from it.

Hardik Patel shows interest, but this poll may not be about Patidar but farmers

The Amreli Lok Sabha seat has long been a BJP bastion, with the party winning it in 1991, 1996, 1998, 1999 and again in 2009 and 2014. The Congress won in 2004.

Lion enters Gujarat village, two injured in attack

Videos circulated on social media showed villagers on the streets of Madhavpur to see the wild animal while some ran helter-skelter for cover as the lion charged in their direction.

It’s peanuts, for Gujarat groundnut farmers

Despite low groundnut output, the oilseed is being sold way below the MSP in Gujarat mandis.