The civic elections were due in November last, but the State Election Commission (SEC) had postponed them owing to the coronavirus pandemic. Elections to the 28 municipalities, whose term ended in February, will also go to polls Sunday.
On the sidelines of a kisan mahapanchayat in Ravapar of Morbi district, Hardik Patel spoke to The Indian Express on his role in the Congress, association with the PAAS, and plans to contest election in the future.
Unjha, a predominantly dominated by Patidars and centre for spice trade, especially cumin, is pivotal to the politics of North Gujarat, where BJP’s star campaigner, Union minister Smriti Irani, addressed a rally on Tuesday.
Taking objection to the two orders of the GSIC, former chief minister Suresh Mehta and eight other citizens have submitted a memorandum to the Commission requesting it to ‘re-think’ the orders or to constitute a full-bench to review the same.
On Sunday, 885 people took the inaugural ride through cotton, plantain and castor fields, in the Charotar region of central Gujarat into the forested and tribal district of Narmada, covering 180 kms at a speed of nearly 110kmph, close to the time taken by a road trip.
Currently, most of the municipal corporations have senior bureaucrats appointed as Officers on Special Duty (OSD) under the Epidemic Disease and Disaster Management Acts, in charge of the Covid situation.
“We have been preparing for competitive examinations. But for the past few years, the examinations were riddled with controversies like paper leaks and irregularities," says M Phil student Nimesh Parmar, who is preparing for competitive exams.
The high court judgment has held that it is not mandatory for the trial court to hear the complainant or victim while deciding the bail application of an accused under the Atrocity Act, if the alleged offence is bailable.
With the government banning the organisation of Garba, the traditional folk dance performed on all nine nights of Navratri, citizens across the state have come up with innovative solutions to celebrate the festival.
The Collector now has more powers to ascertain if there is a likelihood of “polarisation” or “improper clustering” of persons belonging to a particular community. The government can review the Collector’s decision.
Gujarat Navaratri 2020 Covid-19 rules: This will be for the first time in the recent history of Gujarat that there will be no garba during the Navratri, which is its essential element and which the state government has branded as the ‘Longest Dance Festival of the World’.
According to Mehta’s family, “The Balvant Bhavan is to be used for the social activities and under no circumstances it can be allowed to be used for any residential purpose or any of the purposes contrary to the conditions laid down in the said gift deed.”
Zadafia, who was BJP incharge on 22 Lok Sabha constituencies in Uttar Pradesh during the 2019 general elections, spoke about the perceived threat, his regrets on quitting the BJP and his association with the Ram Temple movement as secretary in the Vishva Hindu Parishad, in an exclusive interview to The Indian Express.
"Gujarat has lowest unemployment rate in the country. There are two ways to look at unemployment — one where a person does not get job at all and second is when a person does not get job as per his qualification," says CR Paatil.
A senior government official said that while the SJED was providing funds to be given to the needy persons through the corporations in the form of loans, the recovery rate of the loan amount was hardly 40-50 per cent.
The decision was taken after independent MLA Jignesh Mevani and social activist Kaushik Parmar wrote to the state govt seeking appeals against the special trial court judgements on the ground that there is no provision in the Atrocity Act to recover compensation already paid to the victims/complainants.