Monday, 22 October, 2018

Best of Gujarat & Himachal poll coverage 2017


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Illustration showing Rahul Gandhi and a temple in the background

Rahul Gandhi is making his father’s Shah Bano-Ayodhya mistakes and fighting the war on BJP’s terms

Rahul Gandhi is playing to the BJP’s Hindutva strengths. It’s a blunder his dad committed too, and the party’s never recovered.
Rahul Gandhi at a temple in Gujarat

Congress is belatedly trying to shed the image of being ‘Latif’s party’ in Gujarat

With a real chance of victory at such close range for the first time, a reinvention has become imperative for the Congress party.
PAAS(Patidar Anamat Aandolan Samiti) Convener Hardik Patel interacts with members of the Patidar community

Talk Point: Hardik Patel should take heart, porn as political weapon always fails

There is plenty of recent evidence that suggests personal porn as a political tactic doesn’t work in India, writes Shekhar Gupta.
Representational image | PTI Photo

The Gujarat poll verdict will decide if Narendra Modi needs to be reinvented

Modi jokes do not invite abuses like ‘anti-national’ and ‘anti-Gujarat’ on social media and in public conversations in the state any more.
Mevani giving a speech

Jignesh Mevani’s politics may be too radical for Gujarat’s moderate Dalits

Mevani had ruled out participating in active politics for a long time saying it would cloud his credibility as an activist, and force him into unwelcome compromises.
Narendra Modi at event waving to crowd

Talk Point: You cannot miss the growth in Gujarat, unless blinded by voting preferences

You may attack Modi in Gujarat on a dozen things but not on economic, industrial, and infrastructural development and growth.
People in Madhapar village with a BJP candidate

Patel businessmen and housewives in South Asia’s richest village still root for BJP

Madhapar holds bank deposits of Rs 5,000 crore, most of it belongs to NRIs from the village; voters here are traditionally BJP supporters.
Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Prakash Javadekar, Yogi Adityanath and Rajnath Singh. they are expected to campaign in Gujarat

30 ministers, one day: BJP plans blitzkrieg in battle for Gujarat

Central ministers as well as CMs are set to address three rallies each on one day in a massive show of strength by the BJP in Gujarat.
Jai Sardar, Jai Bhawani to Jai Bheem: Rahul tries it all in Modi’s home turf

Jai Sardar, Jai Bhawani, Jai Bheem: Rahul tries it all on Modi’s home turf

Patidars, Thakor Sena and Dalits throng Rahul Gandhi’s election meetings in Vadnagar and Vijapur in Mehsana district of Gujarat
Train to bhuj

On a train ride to Bhuj, BJP is the near-unanimous choice

The Kutch district has been a BJP bastion for years, and people travelling to its headquarters, Bhuj, have few doubts it will win again
Gujarat’s ceramic city likes Modi, but hates his economic policies

Gujarat’s ceramic city likes Modi, but hates his economic policies

Note ban and GST have dampened Morbi’s ceramic business, while the Patel quota agitation has got the community to rally against BJP.
Election Commission

BJP cannot seek brownie points from ‘Khakhranomics’ & Surat airport, says EC

Govt sought to advertise GST rate cut on certain goods like khakhra, and commence international operations at Surat airport. EC shot down both requests.
BJP rally in Gujarat

In Modi we trust, says Gujarat BJP facing unexpected opposition

Local issues and anti-incumbency have made the BJP nervous, but it also has faith that Modi’s magic will shine through in the end.
Rahul Gandhi

While Rahul Gandhi may escape EC wrath, TV channels won’t be so lucky

EC has already issued a show-cause notice to Rahul and certain TV channels for airing his interview 48 hours before Phase II of Gujarat polls.
A crowd around Narendra Modi's car in Ahmedabad

Urban vote remains key to BJP’s electoral fortune in Gujarat

BJP’s urban vote share stood at 59.5 per cent, while Congress secured 32.8 per cent in 2012 polls; most voters vouch for development brought about by BJP govt.
Amul dairy at Anand in Gujarat

BJP is milking support from Amul’s cooperatives to win Gujarat

Party chief Amit Shah has devised a strategy to use the state’s milk cooperatives to increase its rural reach and break a traditional Congress stronghold.
Rebels are real headache for BJP, Congress in Central Gujarat

Rebels are real headache for BJP, Congress in Central Gujarat

Those denied tickets and the candidates who switched sides ahead of election may upset calculations of both BJP and Congress.
Godmen chant Modi mantra in poll-bound Gujarat

Godmen chant Modi mantra in poll-bound Gujarat

Gujarat BJP has been posting videos of religious and spiritual gurus praising PM Narendra Modi, and asking their followers to 'strengthen his hands'.
On BJP agenda for HP: Free ‘chardham’ pilgrimage, cow commission, telecast of arti

On BJP agenda for HP: Free ‘chardham’ pilgrimage, cow commission, telecast of ‘arti’

Party’s vision document also focuses on graft and women’s safety; says BJP will create a tourist circuit linking various temples across the state.
A muslim woman showing the polling mark on her finger during the 2012 polls.

From parties to media, everyone’s uninterested in the Muslim vote bank in Gujarat

There appears to be a consensus to not address Muslims as a potential political category, and view them purely as voters, and not as Muslims. ​
Muslim voters

As BJP rises, let us not confuse Muslim representation with political participation

The Muslim communities, like any other social group, participate in electoral politics at the constituency level.
BJP supporters celebrating their party's success in Himachal Pradesh

BJP wins Himachal in a landslide, but faces Dhumal embarrassment

Party wins 44 seats in Himachal Pradesh, but its CM candidate Dhumal loses in Sujanpur, as does state party chief Satpal Singh Satti in Una.
‘Booster dose’ promised by politicians continues to elude Himachal pharma hub

‘Booster dose’ promised by politicians continues to elude Himachal pharma hub

Doon and Nalagarh assembly segments face infrastructure woes such as lack of rail link and four-laning of highway as well as non-functional container depot.
A photo showing a road being paved in Gujarat

Potholes are shaping the election rhetoric in Gujarat

This year the roads in Gujarat were in an unusually bad shape, and people stormed social media, the favourite platform of the BJP, to express their grievances.
Collage of BJP President Amit Shah addressing a gathering

BJP’s counts on ‘vikas’ & Hindutva to wean Gujarat’s middle-class triba...

Amit Shah says the Congress gave the tribals kukada-bakra (hen and goats), but the BJP is giving them cows and buffaloes for dairy development.