Congress has been out of power in Gujarat for two-and-a-half decades and party’s Patidar MLAs and leaders were aggressively persuading to facilitate Naresh Patel’s entry into the party to boost chances of winning the Assembly polls this year.
“No fisherman has shown up at our diesel pumps for the last three months to purchase diesel. If something is not done by the beginning of the next fishing season in August, we may well become redundant and defunct,” a Jay Sagar Matsyodhyog Sahkari Mandali Limited member says.
After inaugurating a hospital in Rajkot, the prime minister thanks the people of the state for teaching him values and sending him to Delhi, from where 'he has been trying to build the India dreamt of by Mahatma Gandhi and Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel'.
The BJP leadership is doing everything it can, including bringing in a ‘Patel Chief Minister’ and a new ministry last year, to win back the Patidars who were somewhat disenchanted before the 2017 elections following the quota agitation led by Hardik Patel.
This will be the Prime Minister’s second visit to Jasdan after he addressed an election rally in the takula during the last Gujarat Assembly elections in 2017. Significantly, this is a region where the BJP has faced a tough test.
This was the third rally in Gujarat by Kejriwal, the AAP national convenor, in quick succession, after a Tiranga Yatra in Ahmedabad in March and a tribal sammelan with Chhotu Vasava of the Bharatiya Tribal Party in Bharuch on May 1.
Held in Rajkot on May 11, the meeting drew enough of a turnout for AAP Gujarat unit chief Gopal Italia to proclaim: “We can be proud that we did not ride government buses to reach there but came on our own to listen to Kejriwal."
Prashant Kishor was said to be batting for Naresh Patel, the influential chairman of the Shree Khodaldham Trust, urging the Congress to pick this Patidar. This was seen as one of the reasons for Hardik Patel's growing distance from the Congress.
Gondal is one of the biggest APMCs in Gujarat, and attracts farmers from across the Saurashtra region. This is the time when they market their rabi (winter-spring) crops of wheat, chana (chickpea), jeera, dhaniya (coriander) and saunf (fennel).
Ever since the Gujarat govt took over the task of organising the Madhavpur Mela, the village panchayat's income has gone up manifold. Yet, some locals are not happy. What is the legend being the fair, and why is the state taking such an interest in it? We explain.