Congress dents BJP bastions in rural Gujarat, BJP bites dust in Modi’s home town

The Congress on Wednesday made considerable gains in rural and semi-urban areas in Gujarat’s local body polls although the ruling BJP retained all six municipal corporations. The Bharatiya Janata Party won control over the Vadodara, Surat, Rajkot, Bhavnagar, Jamnagar and Ahmedabad municipal corporations in the elections which took place on 22 and 29 November. However, … Read more

Google Doodle for Amul founder

Google on Thursday paid tribute to the most famous milkman of India, Dr. Verghese Kurien, through Google doodle on his 94th birth anniversary. In its doodle image, the search engine giant, carried an image of Dr Verghese Kurien sitting with a cow and few milk pots. Kurien, the father of the White Revolution in India and the … Read more

BJP-Congress tussle over Patel community’s support in Gujarat

Gujarat’s ruling BJP has claimed that members of the Patel community, including those taking part in the quota agitation, were again supporting the party, a claim denied by the opposition and a faction leader. As many as 35 conveners of the Sardar Patel Group, mainly from north Gujarat region, on Wednesday called on Chief Minister … Read more

There will be no reservations for Patels: Gujarat CM

Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel on Monday declared there will be no reservations for the Patels in jobs and educational institutions. She made the announcement a day after polling in the first of the two tiered-local self government elections concluded on Sunday to pick six new municipal corporations. Patel was speaking at an election rally … Read more

Fringe fundamentalists are now mainstream: Teesta Setalvad

India is going through difficult times where the “once fringe” fundamentalist groups have now become mainstream and, with the complicity of “fascists in positions of power”, are running the show, says leading human rights activist Teesta Setalvad. One of the country’s leading campaigners against communal violence, who has been fighting for ensuring justice for the … Read more

Ex-Gujarat DGP wants Nanavati Report on 2002 Gujarat riots released

Former Gujarat Police chief R.B. Sreekumar, who had locked horns with then state chief minister Narendra Modi over the 2002 riots, has asked the Anandiben Patel government to make public the inquiry commission report on the massacre. The report was submitted by retired Supreme Court judge G.T. Nanavati and former Gujarat High Court judge Akshay … Read more

‘Gujarat third in custodial deaths and top in RTI activists’ murders’

Prime Minister Narendra Modi may have warned Biharis for not voting Nitish Kumar back to power fearing the return of jungle raj (anarchy) in the state, but the members of civil liberties group in Ahmedabad on Wednesday complained of complete lawlessness in his home state, Gujarat. People’s Union of Civil Liberties (PUCL) and Mahiti Adhikar … Read more

PM Modi’s estranged wife Jashodaben struggles to get her passport application accepted

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is off to his next foreign destination this weekend, but his wife (as stated in his election affidavit) Joshodaben is struggling to get her passport application admitted because of lack of necessary documents relating to her marital status. One of the documents required by the Regional Passport Office is the evidence … Read more

Hunt on for killers of two BJP leaders in Gujarat

A day after two BJP leaders were gunned down in Gujarat’s Bharuch city, a massive manhunt has been launched to nab the assailants, police said on Tuesday. The police were trying to ascertain the identities of the shooters who gunned down from close quarters BJP’s former Bharuch district president Shirish Bengali and the party’s youth … Read more

Britain’s powerful Patel community to protest against Modi during his visit

Patel community activists have sought Britain’s permission to stage protests against Prime Minister Narendra Modi when he visits there this month, a Patel leader said on Monday. They want to hold the demonstration to press their demand for reservations for Patels in jobs and educational institutions in Gujarat. Said Varun Patel, a Patidar leader in … Read more

High Court issues notice to election commission in Gujarat minister’s fake degree case

The Gujarat High Court on Thursday issued notice to the Election Commission to include it among the respondents in a petition alleging the MBA degree that Minister of State for Health Shankar Chaudhary possessed was fake. A division bench of Acting Chief Justice Jayant Patel and Justice N.V. Anjaria fixed 7 December for the next … Read more

Gujarat HC reserves verdict on Hardik Patel

The Gujarat High Court on Friday reserved its verdict for Tuesday on a petition seeking to quash sedition proceedings against Patel community leader Hardik Patel for his allegedly inflammatory remarks against the police. A Surat court had earlier remanded him in police custody till Friday evening. The petition was filed by his father Bharat Patel, … Read more

Gujarat High Court ridicules government’s plea to postpone local body polls

The Gujarat High Court on Wednesday debunked a government ordinance to postpone local body elections by three months. Chief Justice Jayant Patel and Justice J.V. Anjaria also criticized the State Election Commission for toeing the government line that the law and order situation in Gujarat was not conducive for free and fair polls. The judges … Read more

Explain why sedition charges are slapped against Hardik Patel: Gujarat HC to state government

The Gujarat High Court on Wednesday asked the government to explain the grounds on which sedition charges were slapped on Patel community leader Hardik Patel. Even as the court observation came, three of his supporters were whisked away by the Crime Branch from outside the court premises on similar charges. The sedition charge on Hardik … Read more

‘Garba’ in Gujarat hospital ICU – a la ‘Munnabhai MBBS’!

Taking a leaf out of superhit Bollywood movie “Munnabhai MBBS”, the medical and non-medical staff of a hospital in Ahmedabad played ‘garba’ in full swing inside the intensive care unit, sparking all round outrage, officials said on Tuesday. The ‘garba’ was performed on Monday afternoon at the Sola Civil Hospital where Health and Finance Minister … Read more

Modi’s ‘Make in India’ pledge ridiculed as Chinese firm awarded contract for Sardar Patel’s statue

Gujarat Congress has slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi over a Chinese company having reportedly been awarded a sub-contract for constructing a 182-metre tall statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. The state Congress general secretary Nishit Vyas demanded an immediate cancellation of the contract adding that Modi had misled the country with his false claims on Make … Read more