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Friday, May 20, 2022

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Hardik ‘hasn’t decided to join BJP’, says Congress is most casteist, anti-Gujarati party
Fri, May 20, 2022

The Patidar leader says Congress targets the prime minister, Mukesh Ambani and Gautam Adani ‘only because they are Gujaratis’ but fails to support ‘popular demands’ related to the CAA, Ayodhya Ram temple and the Varanasi ‘Shivling discovery’.

BJP, AAP or a third front — what next for Hardik Patel?
Thu, May 19, 2022

Most people, including some of his close associates, say that Hardik is set to join the BJP. Future political possibilities that Hardik may choose include him joining the BJP or the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) or launching a third front with the likes of Naresh Patel.

AAP entry and turncoats from Congress on mind, Gujarat BJP to go into huddle
Sun, May 15, 2022

Aggrieved former ministers & Hardik Patel also likely to be on saffron party’s ‘Chintan Shivir’ agenda.

Gandhinagar to turn on dark mode, celebrate ‘full moon’ on May 16
Sat, May 14, 2022

The decision to switch off lights at all public spaces, except the main roads, from 9 pm to 12 am on May 16, comes as a message loud and clear to conserve electricity amid a nationwide power crisis.

Gujarat government employees hit the streets, but BJP unruffled
Thu, May 12, 2022

Held at Satyagraha Chhavni, a place synonymous with various public demonstrations in the state Capital, the protest was organised by the National Old Pension Restoration United Front (NOPRUF) and the Gujarat State United Front, the two umbrella organisations of state government employees.

Newsmaker: The woman face of Patidar stir, co-accused with Jignesh Mevani, Reshma Patel hangs on
Sat, May 07, 2022

A single mother who is doing her graduation in political science, Reshma is currently the president of the NCP's women's wing and its spokesperson in Gujarat.

Jignesh Mevani interview: ‘I won’t let the activist Jignesh die… Cong also wants me to be what I am… Rahul wants me to grow as a Dalit leader’
Fri, May 06, 2022

On Hardik Patel, Mevani says: “We have been good friends, good political colleagues. The only message that I would love to give him is 'Hang on buddy, we will fight it out together'.”

Gujarat MLA Jignesh Mevani, 9 others sentenced to three months of jail for unlawful assembly over 2017 rally
Fri, May 06, 2022

The court observed that it is an offence to hold a rally without permission. NCP leader Reshma Patel is among those convicted.

Gujarat tribal MLA ditches Congress for BJP, says was a Modi ‘bhakt’ for long
Wed, May 04, 2022

BJP gets an Adivasi face, Cong leaders say Kotwal unhappy over not being named Leader of Opposition.

The Sunday Profile: Jignesh Mevani
Sun, May 01, 2022

A vocal critic of the BJP, Jignesh Mevani, Gujarat’s only Independent MLA, is out on bail after 10 days in custody over a tweet on the PM. Leena Misra & Parimal Dabhi on the man and his journey so far — from his lawyer-activist days to being the face of the state’s Dalit politics

Hardik Patel will have key role in polls, says Congress’s Gujarat in-charge
Fri, Apr 29, 2022

With Hardik's list of BJP invitees largely staying away, the state Congress working president returned the favour by saying it could be said that the issues he had with the Congress had been resolved.

Articulate, Left, self-made Congress asset: BJP may deny but can’t ignore Jignesh Mevani
Tue, May 03, 2022

A vocal critic of the BJP and its ideological fountainhead RSS not only in Gujarat but also other states, Jignesh Mevani, 42, had come into the spotlight following an agitation he led on the public flogging of Dalits in Una, Gujarat, in 2016.

Know Your City: Gujarat invites visitors on heritage walk along Patan, home to one of UNESCO’s world heritage sites
Wed, Apr 27, 2022

The objective and larger goal behind the Patan heritage walk is to make it self sustained in long run and to bring tourism and hotel industry to this important cultural spot of Gujarat, an official said.

Angry over 2017 ticket, ‘lack of vision’, former Gujarat Cong stalwarts jump ship
Wed, Apr 27, 2022

Former Gujarat Congress MLA Manibhai Vaghela joined the BJP on Sunday, while state president of the All-India Professionals' Congress Kailash Gadhvi joined the Aam Aadmi Party.

UK PM Boris Johnson visits GBU, meets Adani during day-long stay in Gujarat
Fri, Apr 22, 2022

At GBU, Johnson was also greeted by two priests from Maninagar Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Sansthan with a Pagh (a headgear), symbolising peace. A band from the Swaminarayan sect — Shree Muktajivan Swami Bapa Pipe Band — also greeted him.

Face of pro-Dalit, anti-BJP campaigns in Gujarat, Mevani faces first case since he aligned with Congress
Thu, Apr 21, 2022

In the run-up to the 2017 Gujarat Assembly elections, Mevani had emerged as one of the three youth leaders of the state, along with Patidar leader Hardik Patel and OBC leader Alpesh Thakor.

PM Modi wants entire country to replicate Gujarat’s education command control centre for ‘brighter future’
Tue, Apr 19, 2022

Addressing a convention of women organised by Banas Dairy in Deodar of Banaskantha district, PM Narendra Modi also said that he wanted to work together with the people.

From cattle control to river linking, protests force rollbacks in Gujarat
Sat, Apr 16, 2022

The most recent one was to put in abeyance The Gujarat Cattle Control (Keeping and Moving) in Urban Areas Bill, 2022, a week after it had been passed by the Assembly. It is the first time the state BJP government had to make such a reversal.

As BJP heads for polls in Gujarat, balance of power clear: Party over govt
Thu, Apr 07, 2022

At the Wednesday event, Gujarat BJP president C R Paatil stressed that no elected representative should "insult a party worker", and in an apparent message to the elected representatives, underlined that people voted for the BJP only due to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Government tables data on deaths during Covid, Congress seeks ‘correct figures’
Thu, Mar 24, 2022

Deputy Leader of Opposition Shailesh Parmar referred to the data and asked the government to reveal the exact number of deaths due to Covid-19 in Gujarat.

Gujarat govt tables data on Covid deaths, Congress seeks ‘correct figures’
Thu, Mar 24, 2022

Deputy Leader of Opposition Shailesh Parmar referred to the data and asked the government to reveal the exact number of Covid deaths in Gujarat. The official number of people who died of Covid as per the health bulletin on Tuesday was 10,942.

Linking vikas to victory, PM Modi lists rural area priorities in Gujarat
Sat, Mar 12, 2022

Underlining the importance of women sarpanch and other elected women representatives in rural management, he said more than 50% gram panchayat representatives in Gujarat are women.

Know Your City: Statues of Ahmedabad and their storied past
Tue, Feb 15, 2022

From freedom fighters to politicians of all hues to scientists to writers to social workers to philanthropists, all find a place in the city's statue landscape.

Months ahead of Gujarat electoral battle, BJP cranks up poll machinery in old fortress
Fri, Jan 21, 2022

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who will continue to be the ruling BJP’s mascot in the Gujarat Assembly elections, is likely to sound poll bugle for state BJP on January 25, when he will virtually address members of its ‘page’ and booth committees

165-member Gujarat BJP team in UP to give a leg-up to party’s poll campaign
Thu, Jan 20, 2022

The Gujarat BJP contingent camping in UP since December 16 is tasked with managing the campaign’s backroom operations, mainly related to door-to-door canvassing and micro-management of booths, for the upcoming Assembly elections