“The cases (against me, others) will not be done in one go. We agitated against the people in power, and people in power did what they did against us... (But) This very govt gave the 10% reservation... So we fought against the govt and it has fulfilled the demands,” Patel says.
In his resignation letter to Congress president Sonia Gandhi, Hardik Patel has accused the Congress of allegedly hating "Gujarat and Gujaratis", calling it a party that has been more into "virodh" (oppositional politics) than providing a “vikalp” (alternative).
In his resignation letter, addressed to Congress president Sonia Gandhi and posted on Twitter, Hardik took a swipe at Rahul Gandhi without naming him: “Whenever our country faced challenges and when the Congress needed leadership, Congress leaders were enjoying abroad.”
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Rahul Gandhi had brought Hardik into the Congress in a largely “lateral” entry. His appointment within a year as working president had caused much heartburn among leaders who had served the party for years.
'We have invested in all southern states, mainly because of natural ties. It all boils down to the state, how friendly they are. The new state coming up is Gujarat. We are also looking at northern states like Haryana.'
Singapore High Commissioner Simon Wong says it is “hard” for Singaporeans to live in GIFT City as it is “quite a ghost town” after working hours. He also says the “bylaws are very tough” and “it is difficult to build a financial centre”.
The RSS featured Jinnah among 200 “eminent persons” from Gujarat, at a recent exhibition organised as part of its Akhil Bharatiya Pratinidhi Sabha. The caption accompanying the photograph had said, “A barrister who was initially a staunch patriot, later the creator of India’s Partition on basis of religion.”
But if the 41-year-old needs the Congress at a time when the BJP seems resurgent in a state that it has ruled for decades, the party needs voices and faces like Mevani if Rahul Gandhi has to carry through his ambitions to “rebuild the Congress”.
In October last year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s proposal for a larger ashram complex had caused much anxiety among Trustees and residents, with the ashramwasis — third or fourth generation of ashram residents —sitting on protests fearing eviction.
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