Gujarat Ahmedabad News

Train services to be affected at Vangaon and Dahanu section stations on November 27, 28
Times of India | 7 hours ago | |
Times of India
7 hours ago | |

AHMEDABAD: The movement of several trains will be affected at Vangaon and Dahanu section stations from 09.40 am to 10.40am on November 27 and from 9am to 9.40am on November 28 in connection with DFCCIL work. According to a release the details of the trains affected are as under: Trains affected on November 27, 2022: 1. Train No. 12934 Ahmedabad – Mumbai Central Karnavati Express will be regulated by 30 minutes at Dahanu Road station. 2. Train No. 12489 Bikaner – Dadar Express will be regulated by 10 minutes at Gholvad station. 3. Andheri – Dahanu Road Local departing from Andheri at 07.51 hrs will be short terminated at Vangaon station and hence will remain partially cancelled between Vangaon and Dahanu Road. 4. Dahanu Road – Virar Local departing from Dahanu Road at 09.37 hrs will depart from Vangaon and hence will remain partially cancelled between Dahanu Road and Vangaon. 5. Churchgate – Dahanu Road Local departing from Churchgate at 07.42 hrs will be short terminated at Vangaon station and hence will remain partially cancelled between Vangaon and Dahanu Road. 6. Dahanu Road – Virar Local departing from Dahanu Road at 10.10 hrs will depart from Vangaon and hence will remain partially cancelled between Dahanu Road and Vangaon. Trains affected on November 28, 2022:1. Train No. 12479 Jodhpur – Bandra Terminus Suryanagari Express will be regulated by 10 minutes at Dahanu Road station. 2. Train No. 22956 Bhuj – Bandra Terminus Kutch Express will be regulated by 15 minutes at Gholvad station. 3. Andheri – Dahanu Road Local departing from Andheri at 07.51 hrs will be short terminated at Vangaon station and hence will remain partially cancelled between Vangaon and Dahanu Road. 4. Dahanu Road – Virar Local departing from Dahanu Road at 09.37 hrs will depart from Vangaon and hence will remain partially cancelled between Dahanu Road and Vangaon.

Train services to be affected at Vangaon and Dahanu section stations on November 27, 28
Gujarat This Week: From celebrating art to screening of seminal films and much more
The Indian Express | 10 hours ago | |
The Indian Express
10 hours ago | |

Event name: Amdavad Art- É- SummitAbout the event: Come and witness the art exhibition by various visual artists from the cityVenues: Hutheesing Visual Art Center, Kanoria Center for Arts, and Amdavad ni GufaOrganiser: Petal FoundationHow to attend: Free entryDate and time: November 26 (Saturday) to November 27 (Sunday), 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm; 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm (Amdavad ni Gufa)Event name: Novembre NumériqueAbout the event: A web documentary, Ex Aequo, on 10 professional athletes countering discrimination based on gender, race, sexual orientation, and disability. This will be followed by an interactive session with Preeti Das, a journalist, stand-up comedian, academic, and actor.Venue: Alliance Française d’Ahmedabad, Shyamal, AhmedabadOrganiser: Alliance Française d’AhmedabadHow to attend: Register hereDate and time: November 26 (Saturday), 6:00 pm to 8:00 pmEvent name: Akantha Sabarmati and Hotel PoetsAbout the event: Attend the talk between playwright Hiren Gandhi and poet Saroop DhruvVenue: Jitendra Desai Memorial Hall, Gujarat Vidyapith, Usmanpura, AhmedabadOrganiser: Navjivan TalksHow to attend: Open to allDate and time: November 27 (Sunday), 5:00 pmEvent name: Film Showcase – Charulata (Bengali)About the event: A 1964 Satyajit Ray film, which is an adaptation of Rabindranath Tagore’s novel Nastanirh, will be screened. The story revolves around the repressed desires and yearnings of a woman. The movie is about the wife of a newspaper editor who falls in love with her cousin-in-lawVenue: Arthshila Ahmedabad, Panjarapole, AhmedabadOrganiser: Arthshila AhmedabadHow to attend: Free entryDate and time: November 26 (Saturday) and November 27 (Sunday), 11:30 amEvent name: Incredible Ink, Incredible LegacyAbout the event: An exhibition on the historical legacy of Gujarat assembly elections, suffrage, and of local self-government. The documents related to the elections, and citizen’s agreement will be on display. Photographs – related to the election process and capturing the transition from ballots to EVMs – taken by senior journalists Sukdev Bachech and Kalpit Bachech will also be on display.Venue: Sardar Patel Bhawan, Ahmedabad Municipal CorporationOrganiser: Rizwan QadriHow to attend: Open to allDate and time: November 30 (Wednesday), 11:00 am to 5:00 pmEvent name: Film Showcase – The Motorcycle DiariesAbout the event: A 2004 biopic will be screened. The film is based on memoirs written by Argentine Marxist revolutionary Che Guevara narrating his motorcycle trip with his best friend Alberto Granada across South America. The trip is said to have had a deep impact on the then-23-year-old Guevara.Venue: Club O7, Shela AhmedabadOrganiser: Film Society of AhmedabadHow to attend: Direct message hereDate and time: November 27 (Sunday), 12:00 pmEvent name: ManganiyarAbout the event: Enjoy traditional music by Gafur Khan and his Manganiyar comrades from the desert of RajasthanVenue: Natarani amphitheatre, Usmanpura, AhmedabadOrganiser: Darpan Academy of Performing ArtsHow to attend: Book hereDate and time: November 26 (Saturday), 8:30 pmEvent name: Ta DhomAbout the event: Enjoy the music night by the creators of the song ‘India91’ in Gully Boy, Viveick Rajgopal, MC Dehaati, and MC Khoj, in English, Hindi, Bhojpuri, Bengali and Tamil.Venue: Natarani amphitheatre, Usmanpura, AhmedabadOrganiser: Darpan Academy of Performing ArtsHow to attend: Book hereDate and time: November 27 (Sunday), 8:30 pmEvent name: Express It LoudAbout the event: In this fourth edition of Abhivyakti, witness expressions in all forms – theatre, dance, music, humour –in shows like Hustle the Shuffle, The Voice Within, Confluence, Marilynbai Monroe Cha Tamasha, Dancing with Frequencies, and so on by famous artists like Sheetal Makwana, Jaini Shah, Rakesh Wani, Deval Shukla, Jaimil Joshi, Hardik Dave, Mansi & Mansi.Venue: Upasana School of Performing Arts, Gujarat University Campus, AhmedabadOrganiser: Abhivyakti City Arts ProjectHow to attend: Free entryDate and time: November 26 (Saturday) and November 27 (Sunday), 6:45 pm to 9:15 pm

Gujarat This Week: From celebrating art to screening of seminal films and much more
  • Gujarat elections: From box to sitar, candidates pick quirky symbols
  • Times of India

    AHMEDABAD: Campaigning in the Akota constituency, Narendra Parmar urges voters to mark their approval by stamping on the ‘javelin’ — a symbol he chose to hit his target like Neeraj Chopra’s golden spear. “The javelin represents strength and one can defend oneself with it, too. Also, Neeraj Chopra had worked hard to achieve his target and he inspired millions of youth. I want to do the same,” Parmar told TOI. Like Parmar who is contesting from the Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Mahasabha, many candidates have picked interesting poll symbols this time. From diamond, box, cup and saucer and pressure cooker, to bat, batsman, trumpet, camera, road roller and bucket, candidates have picked some unique symbols to woo voters with a sign that not onlyseems timely but also carries a message. Rajesh Bachubhai Parmar, a 49-yearold poll aspirant, has chosen football as his symbol. He said, “Football is one of the most recognized sports everywhere. Also, the FIFA world cup is underway. Hence, this symbol will be easily remembered by the people. ” A farmer by profession, Parmar is contesting as an independent candidate from Savli and is an avid football fan. “I watch World Cup matches whenever I get some time,” he added. Rahul Vyas, afinance expert contesting from Akota as an independent candidate, said, “I chose a robot as my poll symbol as it is the future. All of us use artificial intelligence and robots will be a common sight in the coming years. ” With eyes set on the youth using technology extensively, Vyas said his symbol represents both the future of humans and technological advances. Ankit Rajwadi contesting as an independent candidate from Vadodara city assembly seat chose an apple, not only because of its brandappeal, but also for its nutritional value. “I asked for the symbol as it is widely recognized and I also wanted to highlight the need to eliminate malnutrition among children,” he said. In Ahmedabad, around 250 symbols have been approved by the Election Commission of India (ECI). Amiraj Patel, an independent candidate from the urban Ellisbridge seat, had sought sun, tree, and diamond in this sequence while filling the form. “These symbols were not in the list of the ECI, so I was asked to pick some other symbol out of which I selected the sitar. ” In Ghatlodia, the seat of CM Bhupendra Patel, candidate Naresh Priyadarshi has been campaigning for abolishment of the liquor ban. “I had asked for the bottle as a symbol but it was not in the list so I got a carboy (container). ” Vishal Makwana, who has been contesting as an independent for the past 25 years, has a rickshaw as his symbol.

  • Why are Congress leaders running away from Gujarat: Sambit Patra
  • The Indian Express

    Pointing that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is camping in Gujarat for the Assembly elections, while Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has held just three election meetings, Sambit Patra, national spokesperson for the BJP, on Thursday asked why senior Congress leaders were running away from Gujarat.Speaking to reporters here, Patra said, “Look at Rahul Gandhi and the Congress party. There is no sweat or work or effort. Without these, you cannot win elections. Rahul Gandhi came to attend only three sabhas.”“One the other side is Prime Minister Narendra Modi who is continuously campaigning,” he added. Patra also questioned why the Bharat Jodo Yatra did not happen in Gujarat. “Don’t Rahul Gandhi consider Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh to be part of India? Why didn’t he come here for Bharat Jodo?”“…He might be feeling that there won’t be any benefit or their local leaders asked him not to come… if he came the party would not win whatever it is currently winning… The Prime Minister is working so hard… He is coming to his own house and working for 24 hours and Rahul Gandhi did just three election rallies. No big Congress leader is coming. Why are they running away from Gujarat,” he said.Patra also questioned whether BM Sandeep, a close aide of Rahul Gandhi and national secretary of Congress party, was involved in the Rs 75 lakh in Surat city. He said Uday Gurjar, a close aide of Rajasthan chief Minister Ashok Gehlot could also be connected with the issue.He said both the BJP and Congress will break record this election. While the BJP will emerge with the biggest victory, Congress will hold the record of winning the least number of seats ever. The leader also dismissed AAP’s presence in electoral fray, saying, “This is a two-pronged fight where on one side is the BJP and on the other side is the Congress.”

  • Gujarat nominees with criminal records on the rise, AAP fields max at 36%
  • Times of India

    AHMEDABAD: One in every five candidates in the fray in the first phase of the Gujarat assembly elections faces criminal charges, according to an analysis of 788 candidates for 89 seats carried out by Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR). The analysis shows that 21% of the total candidates in the first phase have criminal records, up from 15% in these seats in the 2017 elections. Importantly, the percentage of those facing serious criminal charges has increased from 8% in 2017 to 13% in these polls. These offences include electoral misdemeanours, causing loss to exchequer, assault, murder, kidnapping and rape. Among the political parties, AAP has fielded the highest number of candidates with criminal cases. Of the 88 candidates fielded by the party, 36% have a criminal record, with 30% facing serious charges. Among the Congress nominees, 35% face criminal charges, and 20% are dealing with serious charges. As for BJP, 16% of its candidates face criminal charges, and 12% of them have serious charges against them. In the first phase of 2017 polls, Congress had 36% candidates with criminal cases, BJP 25%, and AAP 11%. Constituencies with three or more candidates with criminal records have also increased from 22 in 2017 to 25 in 2022. Of the 15 candidates in the Limbdi constituency in the 2022 poll, seven have criminal cases against them. In other constituencies, termed ‘red alert constituencies’ by ADR, the situation is no different. On the Karanj seat in Surat district, four of the eight candidates have criminal records, whereas three of the four candidates on the Dediapada seat in Narmada district face criminal charges.

  • 211 'Crorepatis' Gujarat Polls' Phase 1. This Party Tops The Tally
  • Ndtv

    The average assets per candidate is Rs 2.88 crore, ADR said.Ahmedabad: Of the 788 candidates contesting 89 seats in the first phase of Gujarat Assembly polls, 211 are 'crorepatis', with the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) accounting for 79 such nominees, the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) said in a report on ThursdayWith this, 27 per cent of the total number of candidates in the fray have assets worth more than Rs one crore.The BJP, which is contesting all 89 seats, have 79 candidates or 89 per cent of its nominees with assets above Rs one crore, followed by the opposition Congress with 65 candidates at 73 per cent and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) with 33 candidates at 38 per cent. The AAP is fighting 88 seats.While the average assets per candidate contesting in the first phase of the election is Rs 2.88 crore, Ramesh Tilala, who is contesting from the Rajkot South Assembly constituency as a BJP candidate is the richest one with the total declared assets of Rs 175 crore, the ADR report said.Indranil Rajguru, a Congress candidate from the Rajkot East seat, follows Tilala with Rs 162 crore assets. Jawahar Chavda, a BJP candidate from Manavadar seat, has assets worth Rs 130 crore, it said.An independent candidate named Bhupendra Patoliya from Rajkot West Assembly seat has declared zero assets in his affidavit, the report stated.Among the 211 candidates, Rivaba Jadeja, the wife of cricketer Ravindra Jadeja who is contesting from Jamnagar North seat as a BJP candidate, has declared the combined income of Rs 18 crore for 2021-22 for herself, her spouse and dependent. Her own income stood at Rs 6 lakh, her affidavit showed. She has declared assets worth Rs 97 crore, it said.Of the total candidates in fray, 73 have declared assets worth above Rs 5 crore, 77 others between Rs 2 crore and Rs 5 crore, 125 candidates between Rs 50 lakh and Rs 2 crore, 170 between Rs 10 lakh and Rs 50 lakh, and 343 with less than Rs 10 lakh, the ADR said in the report.Party-wise, average assets is Rs 13.40 crore for the BJP, Rs 8.38 crore for the Congress, and Rs 1.99 crore for the AAP.The 14 candidates of the Bharatiya Tribal Party (BTP) have declared average assets worth Rs 23.39 lakh.In the first phase of elections in the 2017 Gujarat Assembly elections, a total of 198 or 21 per cent of 923 candidates were "crorepatis", the report said.Among the candidates with lowest assets is Rakesh Gamit, a Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) candidate from Vyara which is a Scheduled Tribe (ST) reserved seat. He has declared assets worth Rs 1,000, while Jayaben Boricha from Bhavnagar West has declared assets worth Rs 3,000, and Samir Shaikh from Surat East Rs 6,500 assets, it said.Rajguru, who has the second highest assets, is also the one with the highest liabilities at Rs 76 crore, followed by one Bachubhai Artheriiya with Rs 97 crore assets and Rs 30 crore liabilities. BJP's Pabubha Manek from Dwarka seat generated the second highest income in 2021-22 at over Rs 5 crore through his shipping business, etc. Next comes BJP's Kanu Desai, who is contesting from Pardi, with an income of over Rs 2 crore."Around 65 per cent candidates fall in the category of assets worth Rs 10 lakh to Rs 50 lakh. As compared to last year, the number of crorepati candidates also keep increasing...What is worth noting is that there is no crorepati candidate in BTP, unlike last time when it had 67 per cent crorepati candidates," said ADR's head Anil Verma.As far as the education details of the candidates are concerned, there are 492, or 62 per cent candidates, who have studied between Class 5 and 12, while 185 are graduates and above, and 21 are diploma holders. As many as 57 candidates are literate, while 37 others are illiterate."Compared to other states, the number of illiterates is very high in Gujarat," Mr Verma said. As many as 277 or 35 per cent candidates are in the 25 to 40 age group, while 431 or 55 per cent are aged between 41 and 60 years. Another 79 candidates are in the age group of 61 to 80 and one is above 80 years of age, the ADR report stated.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comThere are 719 men and 69 women candidates contesting in the first phase of election, it said.Elections for 182 seats of the Gujarat Legislative Assembly will be held in two phases - on December 1 for 89 seats and December 5 for 93 seats, while the counting of votes will be taken up on December 8.Featured Video Of The DayCongress's Bharat Jodo Yatra vs BJP's March For Tribals In Madhya Pradesh

  • Blog: Cancel Culture Infects Gujarat Election
  • Ndtv

    Many commentators have written off the Gujarat elections as "predictable". Some say the municipal corporation polls in Delhi are offering much more bang for the buck. The Gujarat campaign has, at least, caught up with a global trend. The Cancel Culture.A few days ago, the BJP media cell in the state decided to not send their panelists and spokespersons to TV discussions that also feature AAP.It happened to us in Vadodara. A BJP guest backed out at the last minute. He never gave us any reason but informed his colleagues, who very casually mentioned this to us towards the end of our show."Samjha karo yaar. Order hai," they said.The BJP has decided that AAP should not even be acknowledged or legitimised as a player in the state. Most of the party's messaging at the national level is to challenge AAP ahead of the Delhi civic polls.In Gujarat, the party only acknowledges the Congress as an opponent.From Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Amit Shah to JP Nadda, Yogi Adityanath, CR Patil, Bhupendra Patel, and Harsh Sanghvi, the message across the BJP is clear. Talk about your own work, talk about the Congress. Ignore AAP."They (AAP) are only creating a buzz on the media and confusing voters on the ground. We are Gujaratis. Time is precious. Why waste it fighting a non-entity? So, we are calling them out by not acknowledging them," a BJP leader told me.A senior BJP functionary even said, "AAP bought themselves legitimacy in Gujarat by pumping in ad money on channels."Not just BJP, now the Congress too is boycotting debates with AAP panelists."On local channels, we only debate with BJP candidates. AAP spokespersons come only with some political analyst type," said a senior Congress spokesperson.Not that AAP is taking this lying down. Arvind Kejriwal has started his own version of "cancellation".On Thursday, he released a video in which he used his rudimentary Gujarati to say: "Don't waste your vote on Congress."In his mission to fight the BJP, the AAP chief is asking voters to ignore the Congress. Effectively, he has cancelled the Congress.I find this funny. BJP cancels AAP. AAP cancels Congress. Congress cancels AAP. The cycle repeats in each of Gujarat's 182 seats.Who will be cancelled by the voters? We will know on December 8.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.com(Sanket Upadhyay is Consulting Editor, NDTV Group)Disclaimer: These are the personal opinions of the author.Featured Video Of The DayWatch Arvind Kejriwal's Townhall: "Give Me CBI For One Day..."

Saturday briefing: Latest on Gujarat polls; at World Cup, hosts first to leave party
The Indian Express | 18 hours ago | |
The Indian Express
18 hours ago | |

It’s Saturday!Get your weekend started with the top 5 stories from today’s edition: Latest on Gujarat Assembly polls, how Rahul was able to rise above Pappu image; what to watch this weekend; and more. 1) Tensions are running high in Gujarat, where the high-stakes Assembly Election is just a few days away. Here are some of our top stories from the poll-bound state: 🔴 The election is set to see many key contests, but the one for minority votes is rather tepid, with major political parties circumspect about fielding Muslim candidates, as always. The Muslim community, which forms approximately nine per cent of the total population of Gujarat, says in one voice that it is “unexcited” about the polls, as “none of the parties” has ever lived up to their pre-poll promises or reached out to the community.🔴 Meanwhile, Isudan Gadhvi, Aam Aadmi Party’s chief ministerial face in Gujarat, speaks to The Indian Express about why his party won’t take its foot off the pedal. 🔴 We join 63-year-old Amit Popatlal Shah, the former mayor of Ahmedabad, as he hits the campaign trail across the Ellisbridge Assembly constituency. Shah is adamant the AAP won’t make a dent at any of Ahmedabad city’s 16 Assembly seats. He is also confident of personally winning by over 80,000 votes. Once elected, he has vowed to resolve all disputes related to the Disturbed Areas Act in the Paldi area of his constituency.2) In her weekly column, Neerja Chowdhury writes on how Rahul Gandhi was able to rise above the ‘Pappu’ image and strike a chord with his Bharat Jodo Yatra: “It goes without saying that the acid test of Rahul’s yatra will lie in winning elections. But, curiously, he has tried to delink the yatra from electoral gains, not to appear power hungry —but this makes little sense. A political party is nothing if it cannot win elections and deliver on its promises.”3) Days after the Jama Masjid authorities announced and then quickly revoked a ban on ‘unaccompanied women’ visiting the mosque, Yashee writes: “When I heard women would no longer be allowed to enter the mosque alone, I felt a personal loss. The questionable logic of the now-rescinded order aside — it wanted to stop girls who “give time to men, do wrong things”; why not ban the men “taking” time from women? — I was also aghast at how little the order seemed to understand Jama Masjid.”4) Express at FIFA World Cup 2022: Two teams locked against each other with a five-man backline is bound to produce a turgid affair, even if both have adequate attacking prowess. So it was only fathomable that the Netherlands and Ecuador produced a colourless, stifled game, in utter contrast to the vibrant colour around the stadium. Several Dutch fans had arrived in their sparkling orange thobes and keffiyeh, Ecuadorians in their flashy yellow t-shirts. Both eked out a point that saw them level with three points, but the result ended all hopes of hosts Qatar progressing to the last 16, after their defeats to Ecuador and Senegal.🍿 What to watch this weekend 5) This week, Shubhra Gupta reviews the latest Varun Dhawan and Kriti Sanon-starrer ‘Bhediya’: “Varun Dhawan does a good job of aligning with the tone of the film– the horror is pretty much ‘naam-ke-vaaste’, comedy is what it is interested in and does it well.” (3 ⭐)Express Quiz Until tomorrow, Rahel Philipose

Saturday briefing: Latest on Gujarat polls; at World Cup, hosts first to leave party
Gold price rises to 54.4k, demand up
Times of India | 20 hours ago | |
Times of India
20 hours ago | |

AHMEDABAD: Even as gold and silver prices show an upward trend, gold demand continues to remain bullish. After remaining stable over four days, gold prices yet again climbed to Rs 54,400 per 10 gram in the Ahmedabad market on Friday. Silver too climbed to Rs 62,000 per kg in the local markets here. Spot gold price in the international market stood at $1,749.75 per troy ounce, according to the World Gold Council (WGC) around 8pm on Friday. “Benefiting from a weaker US dollar following the meeting of the US Federal Reserves, precious metal prices went up since Thursday itself. Even though gold and silver prices remain upwards, the demand is expected to remain stable in the wake of a buoyant wedding season,” said Haresh Acharya, director, India Bullion and Jewellers’ Association (IBJA). Since Diwali this year, gold prices have firmed up by nearly 5%, amidst a weaker dollar. “Rising procurement of gold by central banks to hedge economic uncertainty coupled with slower ETF outflows may push gold prices upwards in the coming few weeks,” Acharya added. In October, gold imports into Gujarat stood at 8.32MT, driven by festive muhurats, according to the Ahmedabad Air Cargo Complex. “This demand is further expected to escalate in the coming months. Due to high prices, there is a higher degree of recycling of gold, but overall, the demand for fresh gold continues to remain high,” said an Ahmedabad-based jeweller. Besides gold, the demand for silver is also high. “With the monsoon remaining good and agriculture output and income staying stable, overall demand for silver has gone up. About 60% of our customers come from rural areas and they are surely driving demand,” the jeweller added.

Gold price rises to 54.4k, demand up
Nirbhaya Brigade to inform children about Pocso
Times of India | 21 hours ago | |
Times of India
21 hours ago | |

AHMEDABAD: The Gujarat State Legal Services Authority (GSLSA) has launched a programme of building a cadre of high school children to spread awareness across the state about the provisions of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (Pocso) and the rights of child victims. The GSLSA has named it Nirbhaya Brigade and nearly 300 children from high schools across districts have been selected. On Saturday, they will learn about important provisions of Pocso Act, sexual offences against children and punishment for these offences. The programme has been organized by the authority under the guidance of the Gujarat high court judges.

Nirbhaya Brigade to inform children about Pocso
  • Nirbhaya Brigade to inform childrenabout Pocso
  • Times of India

    Ahmedabad: The Gujarat State Legal Services Authority (GSLSA) has launched a programme of building a cadre of high school children to spread awareness across the state about the provisions of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (Pocso) and the rights of child victims. The GSLSA has named it Nirbhaya Brigade and nearly 300 children from high schools across districts have been selected. On Saturday, they will learn about important provisions of Pocso Act, sexual offences against children and punishment for these offences. The programme has been organized by the authority under the guidance of the Gujarat high court judges. TNN

Textile firm Ashima moves Gujarat HC for discharge pipe
Times of India | 22 hours ago | |
Times of India
22 hours ago | |

AHMEDABAD: A year after its closure and that of many other textile units in the city following the Gujarat high court prohibiting the discharge of treated effluent into the civic body's sewerage, Ashima Ltd has approached the HC, complaining that Gujarat Pollution Control Board (GPCB) is not responding to its request for a pipeline to discharge effluent into the Mega pipeline, which takes industrial effluent to a common effluent treatment plant (CEPT). The HC banned the discharge of treated effluent into sewers because sewage treatment plants (STP) could not process it properly and untreated wastewater was being discharged into the Sabarmati river, increasing the pollution in the river. Last year, the HC had taken up the cause of cleaning and rejuvenating the river. Ashima told the high court that the mega pipeline had agreed to accept its treated discharge. The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) has also granted permission for right of way to connect a pipeline to the Mega pipeline. The high court's order expressly said that such an option could be explored. The company further submitted that after getting AMC's permission to lay a pipeline from its unit to the Mega pipeline, it made an application to GPCB on July 7, requesting it to permit the connection. GPCB did not take any decision, saying the case is still pending in the court. The company's lawyer complained that the unit has been closed for nearly a year and some 1,300 workers are jobless. The bench of Justice Sonia Gokani and Justice V D Nanavati sought GPCB's reply on this issue by December 2.

Textile firm Ashima moves Gujarat HC for discharge pipe
  • Ashima moves HC for discharge pipe
  • Times of India

    Ahmedabad: A year after its closure and that of many other textile units in the city following the Gujarat high court prohibiting the discharge of treated effluent into the civic body’s sewerage, Ashima Ltd has approached the HC, complaining that Gujarat Pollution Control Board (GPCB) is not responding to its request for a pipeline to discharge effluent into the Mega pipeline, which takes industrial effluent to a common effluent treatment plant (CEPT). The HC banned the discharge of treated effluent into sewers because sewage treatment plants (STP) could not process it properly and untreated wastewater was being discharged into the Sabarmati river, increasing the pollution in the river. Last year, the HC had taken up the cause of cleaning and rejuvenating the river. Ashima told the high court that the mega pipeline had agreed to accept its treated discharge. The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) has also granted permission for right of way to connect a pipeline to the Mega pipeline. The high court’s order expressly said that such an option could be explored.The company further submitted that after getting AMC’s permission to lay a pipeline from its unit to the Mega pipeline, it made an application to GPCB on July 7, requesting it to permit the connection. GPCB did not take any decision, saying the case is still pending in the court. The company’s lawyer complained that the unit has been closed for nearly a year and some 1,300 workers are jobless. The bench of Justice Sonia Gokani and Justice V D Nanavati sought GPCB’s reply on this issue by December 2.

Ahmedabad: False medical claims for Rs 24 lakh, five booked
Times of India | 23 hours ago | |
Times of India
23 hours ago | |

AHMEDABAD: Navrangpura police has registered a case against five persons for filing false medical claims amounting to Rs 23.89 lakh relating to hospitals and labs that never existed. In other cases, policy holders had not taken any treatment at all. Sharaddha Herba, a manager with HDFC Ergo General Insurance, has registered a complaint against Sanjay Khimani and Kishore Kamliya of Bhavnagar, Ami Patel of Mehsana, and Neha Kucha and Laxmi Sharma of Ahmedabad. Police have filed a case under several IPC Sections including 406 (breach of trust), 420 (cheating), 409 (criminal breach of trust), 465 (forgery), 467 (forgery of valuable security or will), 468 (forgery for the purpose of cheating), and 471 (using as genuine forged documents). The complaint was lodged on Friday. The complainant stated that on October 10, Royal Patel claimed Rs 89,634 for treatment taken at Navjyot Multi Specialty Hospital, Danta in Banaskantha. The claim cited treatment for varicose veins. But the company found that the hospital did not exist. The claim was rejected. On December 8, 2021, Chirag Patel claimed nearly Rs 1 lakh, also for treatment of varicose veins. The claimant said Shree Mira Hospital in Bhiloda, Sabarkantha, offered treatment. Investigation proved the hospital to be non-existent. Chirag Patel later asked the company to reject the claim. The company thereafter examined a batch of claims and discovered that 23 were dodgy. The complaint stated Khimani had filed a claim of Rs 98,581 relating to Pushpanjali Hospital of Harij. It was cleared by Chirag Ahir, an accountant of the company. The complaint stated that Ahir and Khimani had forged reports, discharge summaries, and bills. Kamliya had sought Rs 97,371 for treatment taken at Pushpanjali Hospital. Ahir had cleared the payout. The complaint said Ahir had cleared seven bills of Pushpanjali Hospital, all involving treatment of varicose veins. These bills were of Amin Patel, Neha Kucha, Laxmi Sharma, Naresh Devaiya, and Himmat Kucha. Varsha Patel made a fake claim for Rs 38,000, for treatment taken at Riddhi Siddhi Medical and Heart Hospital in Patan. According to the complaint, her claim was cleared by Dharmendra Patel who also approved the suspect claims of Sanjay Ghasi and Parvati Upadhyay. Among other dubious bills cleared were those of Sandip Kumar, Pratikumar Patel, Pallavi Patel, Hiren Rathod, Krishna Tamanche, and Baluben Rathod for Shree Mira Hospital. Yet another clutch of fake bills included those of Sandip Sharma (Shakuntal Orthopaedic and Medical Hospital); Urvashi Ahir, Ashok Kucha, and Ketan Ladumor (Shree Vanadana Orthopaedic Hospital); Shilpa Vachani (Shreeji Orthopaedic Hospital); and Maya Khimani (Ved Narayan Orthopedic Hospital).

Ahmedabad: False medical claims for Rs 24 lakh, five booked
Manoj Tiwari’s remarks threat to kill Kejriwal: Raghav Chadha
The Indian Express | 1 day ago | |
The Indian Express
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A day after BJP leader Manoj Tiwari’s comments on Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) convener Arvind Kejriwal, Raghav Chadha, Gujarat elections co-incharge of the party, Friday alleged that the Delhi Lok Sabha MP has given an “open call for violence” and “threat to kill Kejriwal”. Chadha also added that the BJP is threatening Kejriwal as it was worried of losing the Gujarat assembly and the Delhi local body elections.Addressing a press conference in Ahmedabad, Chadha made the allegations on the basis of a television clip of Tiwari.On Thursday, in an interview to ABP news in Ahmedabad, Tiwari said, “Why will I be scared of Arvind Kejriwal? Main toh Arvind Kejriwal ke liye suraksha ki maang kar raha hu. Delhi ki janta unko kahi payegi, toh aaj kal pitne lagi hai vidhaykon ko Aam Aadmi party ke. (I am demanding for the security of Arvind Kejriwal. People of Delhi have started beating up the MLAs of AAP)”He added that he wanted to save Kejriwal from being thrashed, “lest someone gouges out his eyes and breaks his legs”. The remarks were in reference to Matiala (Delhi) AAP MLA Gulab Singh Yadav who was allegedly beaten up by party workers on Monday.Later, Tiwari tweeted: “I am worried about the safety of Arvind Kejriwal ji, because AAP workers and public are angry because of continuous corruption, ticket sale and friendship with rapist and massage episode in jail. Their MLA has also been beaten up. That’s why this should not happen with the CM of Delhi.. Punishment should be given by the court only.”Chadha, when asked about Tiwari’s tweet and statement to the news channel, said, “Through his statement, he (Tiwari) has threatened to kill Arvind Kejriwal. This is an effort to incite a mob. Aisa bayan diya jisse mob ko incite kiya jaye, logon ki bhavna bhadkayi jaye (A statement has been given as such that incites mob and stirs up people’s emotions). Manoj Tiwari has given an ‘open call for violence’.”Appealing to the Delhi police and the Union home ministry to increase Kejriwal’s security, the Rajya Sabha MP from Punjab said, “They are so scared of Kejriwal that they want to kill him… This is BJP’s culture and mentality. They should be taken for treatment to some hospital…They have lost their mental balance.”He also said that if anything happens to Kejriwal, then Tiwari and BJP should be held responsible.Meanwhile, two AAP MLAs in Delhi—Saurabh Bhardwaj and Praveen Kumar—have written to the Delhi State Election Commission in connection with Tiwari’s statements to get him and others “arrested and have the matter investigated”.Chadha also reiterated AAP’s promise of implementing the old pension scheme for the government employees of Gujarat if voted to power. The state government employees have been agitating seeking to remove the new pension scheme.

Manoj Tiwari’s remarks threat to kill Kejriwal: Raghav Chadha
  • "Conspiracy To Kill Arvind Kejriwal": AAP Wants BJP Leader Arrested
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    Manoj Tiwari brushed off the AAP leader's allegation (File)New Delhi: Manish Sisodia, the Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi, today accused the BJP of conspiring to kill Arvind Kejriwal because it is afraid of losing to the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in the approaching Delhi civic polls and the Gujarat election.Mr Sisodia also accused BJP MP Manoj Tiwari of a role in what he called "the conspiracy to assassinate" the Delhi Chief Minister and demanded his arrest.Mr Tiwari had openly threatened Mr Kejriwal in a tweet, said the AAP leader."His language betrays the conspiracy being hatched to assassinate Arvind Kejriwal. We also demand that Manoj Tiwari be arrested for this threat," Mr Sisodia said. He also tweeted that Mr Tiwari is "openly asking his hooligans to attack Kejriwal and he has done complete planning".गुजरात व MCD हारने के डर से बौखलाई व @ArvindKejriwal जी को अपनी साजिशो मे फँसाने मे फेल भाजपा उनकी हत्या का ताना-बाना बुन रही हैइस तरह खुलेआम दिल्ली के मुख्यमंत्री को हत्या की धमकी देने वाले मनोज तिवारी के खिलाफ सख्त कारवाई करते हुए गिरफ्तार कर इस पूरी साजिश की जाँच होनी चाहिए— Manish Sisodia (@msisodia) November 25, 2022Mr Sisodia cited the BJP leader's tweet yesterday expressing "concern" over Mr Kejriwal's security - a sarcastic reference to the attack on an AAP leader during a meeting to decide on civic poll candidates. A viral video from that meeting showed the AAP leader running from his own party workers, who were reportedly upset at not being chosen to contest the polls."I am concerned about the security of Arvind Kejriwal because people and AAP volunteers are angry over sustained corruption, selling of tickets for the municipal corporation (MCD) polls, friendship with rapist and massage in jail incidents. Their MLAs too have been thrashed. It should not happen with the Chief Minister of Delhi ...," Mr Tiwari had said in the tweet.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comMr Tiwari brushed off the AAP leader's allegation. "Sisodia is reading an old script of the BJP conspiring to kill Kejriwal. Kejriwal claims Sisodia will be arrested while Sisodia predicts Kejriwal's murder. I don't know what is going on," said the BJP MP.Delhi Lieutenant Governor VK Saxena has directed the police commissioner to take note of the allegations, reports said.

  • BJP is hatching a conspiracy to kill CM Kejriwal: Sisodia
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    Responding to a statement by BJP MP Manoj Tiwari, Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia Thursday alleged that the BJP was hatching a conspiracy to kill Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.Earlier in the day, Tiwari, the MP of North East Delhi, had tweeted, “I am concerned about the security of Arvind Kejriwal because people and AAP volunteers are angry over sustained corruption, selling of tickets (for the MCD polls), friendship with rapist and massage (by them) in jail. Their MLAs, too, have been thrashed. It should not happen with the Chief Minister of Delhi…”AAP in a statement said that if anything happens to Kejriwal or any other party leader, BJP should be held responsible.“Threatening to kill Arvind Kejriwal, the Chief Minister elected with a huge mandate, the man who is the national convenor of the party running governments in two states, is an insult to the people of Delhi and the country. It is clear from the BJP’s threat to CM Arvind Kejriwal that it has no faith in democracy, and that BJP can go to any extent for power,” the party’s statement said.In a tweet, Sisodia alleged that the conspiracy to kill Kejriwal was being hatched owing to the fear of defeat in Gujarat and MCD polls.Delhi L-G Vinai Kumar Saxena, meanwhile, is learnt to have reached out to the Commissioner of Delhi Police asking him to make sure no untoward incident takes place.“The L-G has taken note of tweets and statements by AAP leaders, including Deputy CM Manish Sisodia, and asked the Police Commissioner to ensure that such eventuality, orchestrated, or otherwise, does not happen, to the farthest possible extent,” officials in Raj Niwas said.AAP also raised the attack on the CM’s residence in March during a Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha protest, when a group of people had rushed towards the gate of the CM residence and vandalised the area.  The BJP has given a ticket to one of the accused in the case.Recently, the Matiala MLA was punched and slapped, allegedly by party workers who were miffed at the MCD ticket distribution. BJP had alleged that the workers were angry over MCD tickets being “sold” to the highest bidder.

  • BJP Conspiring To Kill Arvind Kejriwal, Manoj Tiwari Involved: Manish Sisodia
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    I'm concerned about the security of Arvind Kejriwal, Manish Tewari had tweetedNew Delhi: Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia accused the BJP on Thursday of hatching a conspiracy to kill Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, fearing poll defeats in Gujarat and the MCD, and alleged Delhi MP Manoj Tiwari's involvement in it. Mr Sisodia, however, asserted that the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is not scared of such petty politics."Due to the fear of defeats in the Gujarat and MCD polls, the BJP is hatching a conspiracy to kill @ArvindKejriwal. Their MP Manoj Tiwari is openly asking his hooligans to attack Kejriwal and he has done complete planning. The AAP is not scared of their petty politics and people will give a reply to their hooliganism," the deputy chief minister said in a tweet in Hindi.His remarks came in response to Mr Tiwari's tweets earlier in the day, in which he had expressed concern over Mr Kejriwal's security, while highlighting recent allegations of corruption and "selling of tickets" for the MCD polls.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.com"I am concerned about the security of Arvind Kejriwal because people and AAP volunteers are angry over sustained corruption, selling of tickets (for the MCD polls), friendship with rapist and massage in jail incidents. Their MLAs too have been thrashed. It should not happen with the chief minister of Delhi....," the North East Delhi MP said in a tweet in Hindi.(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)Featured Video Of The Day"Iran Not Becoming Brutal, Panel Set Up To Probe Protesters' Deaths": Iran Minister To NDTV

  • MCD polls: BJP, AAP push in Delhi today; Kejriwal calls it BJP’s ‘attack’
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    Delhi will see fervent political activity on Sunday with Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal holding a public meeting in the Paharganj area in the morning and several senior BJP leaders holding small rallies across the city in the evening. Terming the BJP’s outreach a “hamla (attack)”, Kejriwal has exhorted the people of Delhi to fight against it.Fourteen senior BJP leaders, including party president JP Nadda, Union ministers Rajnath Singh, Hardeep Puri and Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, and chief ministers M L Khattar (Haryana), Pushkar Singh Dhami (Uttarakhand) and Jairam Thakur (Himachal Pradesh) are expected to hold public meetings and rallies across Delhi on Sunday.According to party officials, the leaders will hold roadshows based on the demography. For instance, Khattar will cover areas that have a significant population from Haryana, while Dhami will aim to woo Uttaranchali voters in Mandawali.Hitting out at the BJP, Arvind Kejriwal termed the party’s outreach a “hamla (attack)”. “Today, the BJP is going to attack Delhi. Many of their kings are going to attack Delhi from all four sides with their armies. But the people of Delhi will continue to fight these attacks by the BJP and their L-G just the way they have so far,” the AAP chief tweeted.Municipal elections in Delhi are scheduled for December 4, while the results will be out on December 7. The leadership of the three main parties is stretched due to the ongoing campaign for the Assembly polls in Gujarat, but the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has been having a relatively tougher time with Kejriwal spending most of this time in Gujarat.The AAP has also been under fire after a video of Delhi minister Satyendar Jain getting a massage in jail came to light. Jain has moved a Delhi court seeking contempt proceedings against the Enforcement Directorate for allegedly leaking the CCTV footage to the media. Special judge Vikas Dhull issued a notice to the ED on Jain’s plea, asking the central agency to file its response by Monday.Meanwhile, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia accused the BJP of politicising an illness and conspiring to keep Jain in prison. “I cannot even imagine that the BJP has stooped so low that it is making fun of someone’s illness. Firstly, they put a man in jail who is innocent; now they are making fun of his illness by leaking this video of treatment,” Sisodia said, calling it “ghatiya soch, ghatiya harkat”.

Three Arrested For Flying Drone Near Venue Of PM Modi's Gujarat Rally
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Flying of drones near the venue had been banned by the district collector for security reasons.Ahmedabad: Three persons have been arrested for allegedly flying a camera-mounted drone near a venue of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's rally at Bavla village in Ahmedabad district, police said.PM Modi addressed a rally at the village on Thursday as part of the BJP's campaign for the Gujarat Assembly polls.Flying of drones near the venue had been banned by the district collector for security reasons.Before the rally, police spotted some persons using a remote-controlled drone to capture the visuals of the crowd, said inspector Bharat Patel, a local police official."These three local men were capturing visuals of the crowd for their personal purpose. We arrested them and booked them under Indian Penal Code (IPC) section 188 (violating official orders)," he said.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comElections to the 182-member Gujarat Assembly will be held in two phases - on December 1 and 5, and the counting of votes will be taken up on December 5.(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)Featured Video Of The DayNDTV Exclusive: Ashok Gehlot Slams Sachin Pilot As "Gaddar"

Three Arrested For Flying Drone Near Venue Of PM Modi's Gujarat Rally
  • Three Arrested For Flying Drone Near PM Modi's Rally In Gujarat
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    Flying of drones near the venue had been banned. (File)Ahmedabad: Three persons were arrested on Thursday for allegedly flying a camera-mounted drone near a venue of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's rally at Bavla village in Ahmedabad district.PM Modi addressed a rally at the village as part of the BJP's campaign for the Gujarat Assembly polls.Flying of drones near the venue had been banned by the district collector for security reasons.Before the rally, police spotted some persons using a remote-controlled drone to capture the visuals of the crowd, said inspector Bharat Patel, a local police official.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.com"These three local men were capturing visuals of the crowd for their personal purpose. We booked them under section 188 of IPC (violating official orders)," he said.(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)Featured Video Of The DayGujarat Judge Won't Be Moved Out, Lawyers Had Protested Against Transfer

Time to earn from power, not getting it for free: PM Modi
Times of India | 1 day ago | |
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AHMEDABAD: Time has now come for people to generate income from electricity instead of getting it for free, PM Narendra Modi said on Thursday in an apparent dig at AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal’s poll promise of providing power without charge. Modi also accused Congress of criticising him relentlessly rather than working for Gujarat’s progress. The PM is on a whirlwindcampaign tour for the December assembly elections in the state. He addressed rallies in Palanpur, Modasa, Dehgam and Bavla. Citing the example of India’s first fully solar-powered village, Modi said in Modasa: “You must have seen how the entire Modhera village is now running on rooftop solar power. People are using electricity as per their need and selling excess power (to the government). I want to replicate this system across Gujarat,” he said. “Under this system, you can earn money by selling excess electricity generated from solar panels. Only Modi knows this art wherein people will be able to earn from electricity,” he said. Kejriwal has been claiming that he is the only politician in the country who has “mastered this magic of providing free electricity”. Modi said now the farmers are themselves generating electricity through solar panels installed on unused corners of their fields. “They can also sell surplus electricity and earn money. The era of demanding affordable electricity is over,” he said. In Dehgam, the PM said opposition party functionaries are devoid of any vision for developing Gujarat as they are busy criticising him all the time. “Instead of finding solutions to problems of the slum dwellers, Congress used to just throw some pieces towards them. We are also working forempowerment of the poor and middle class,” he said. Modi also accused Congress of “divide and rule” policy and focussing only on how to be in government. He said Congress has ignored Gandhian values, which resulted in villages of Gujarat suffering from utter neglect for years. “Mahatma Gandhi used to say that the soul of India resides in its villages. But Congress never cared to follow such Gandhian values. They actually trampled that soul,” he said in Bavla near Ahmedabad. Modi also charged Congress with fomenting rifts between villages and cities. “Congress only tried to benefit from these conflicts,” he said. Talking about education, he said the BJP government has transformed this sector in the state and made it more scientific and modern. “Gujarat’s education budget has now gone up to Rs 33,000 crore, more than the total budget outlay of several states,” he said. In Palanpur, Modi said: “This election is not about who will become an MLA or whose government will come. This election is all about deciding Gujarat’s destiny for the next 25 years. ” He said the BJP government has focussed on tourism, environment, water, cattle-rearing and nutrition aspects for the overall development of Banaskantha and the surrounding region.

Time to earn from power, not getting it for free: PM Modi
  • "Time To Earn From Electricity, Not Get It For Free," Says PM Modi
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    Prime Minister Narendra Modi has stepped up campaigning for his party BJP in GujaratAhmedabad: Prime Minister Narendra Modi said today it was time to generate income from electricity instead of getting it for free, an apparent reference to promise of free power made by some parties in Gujarat, and asserted that next month's Assembly election is about deciding the state's destiny for the next 25 years.Stepping up his campaigning for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) with just a week left for the first phase of polling, the Prime Minister addressed four rallies for the second consecutive day in different parts of the state in support of ruling party candidates.Addressing an election rally in Modasa town of Aravalli district in north Gujarat, the PM said only he knows the art through which people can earn money from electricity.Both Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and the Congress, political rivals of the BJP, have promised free electricity (up to 300 units per month) to people if voted to power in Gujarat.Seeking to counter their free power promise, Modi said he wants to see people across Gujarat earning money from excess electricity generated from solar rooftop systems instead of just getting it for free."You must have seen how the entire Modhera village (in Mehsana district) is now running on rooftop solar power. They are using electricity as per their need and sell excess power (to the government). I want to replicate this system across Gujarat," he said."Under this system, you can earn money by selling excess electricity generated from solar panels. Only Modi knows this art wherein people will be able to earn from electricity," said Mr Modi.He told the audience a woman from Modhera is now planning to buy a refrigerator and an air-conditioner as electricity has become affordable after the installation of rooftop solar power."She told me that though her family was able to afford the appliances earlier, they refrained from using them because they could not bear the running cost. Now, they can afford it because electricity is free. I am working to bring this revolution at the doorstep of each and every household in Gujarat," the PM said.He said now farmers are themselves generating electricity through solar panels installed on unused corners of their farms."They can also sell excess electricity and earn money. The era of demanding affordable electricity has gone. Today, you can generate income by selling electricity," said Mr Modi, who had served as the Chief Minister of Gujarat from 2001 to 2014.Mr Modi also slammed the Congress, saying the opposition party only believes in the formula of "divide and rule" and it only focuses on how to get power."Rajasthan is near your border. Have you seen any development in that state? Have you seen any good news coming out of that state? The Congress cannot do development," he said.At another election meeting in Palanpur town of Banaskantha district, Mr Modi said the upcoming polls will decide the state's destiny for the next 25 years.He added that though many development works have been carried out by the BJP in Gujarat and the Centre, time has come to take a "giant leap"."This election is not about who will become an MLA or whose government will be formed. This election is all about deciding Gujarat's destiny for the next 25 years," Mr Modi said.The PM pointed out that Gujarat's education budget has now gone up to Rs 33,000 crore, more than the total budget outlay of several states.Notably, the comments of the BJP's star campaigner on Gujarat's education scenario came at a time when the Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP has been aggressively pitching the 'Delhi model' of education and has promised to revamp government-run schools if voted to power in the state.The PM told the gathering that Gandhinagar has now become an education hub housing numerous colleges and universities.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.com"Mahatma Gandhi used to say that the soul of India resides in its villages, but Congress leaders never cared to follow Gandhian values. They actually crushed that soul. Villages remained neglected and their true potential was never realised," he noted.(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)Featured Video Of The DayWhatsApp's Secret New Feature Will Make Your Life Easier

Congress Leaders "Never Cared To Follow Gandhian Values", Says PM Modi
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Rift between villages and cities only widened under the Congress governments, PM Modi said.Ahmedabad: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday alleged that villages in Gujarat remained neglected as the previous Congress governments did not follow Mahatma Gandhi's values.Prime Minister Modi was speaking at a campaign rally for Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidates at Bavla village in poll-bound Gujarat's Ahmedabad district."Mahatma Gandhi used to say that the soul of India resides in its villages. But Congress leaders never cared to follow such Gandhian values. They actually crushed that soul. Villages remained neglected and their true potential was never realised," he said.The rift between villages and cities only widened under the Congress governments which even "enjoyed the conflict between the two", the Prime Minister said."Today, everyone appreciates the Panchayati Raj system of Gujarat. But during Congress rule, the budget of that department was just Rs 100 crore," he claimed.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comThe BJP, after coming to power, concentrated on providing amenities like electricity and tap water in villages so that people need not migrate to the cities for want of such facilities, the Prime Minister said.(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)Featured Video Of The DayBJP's Rebel Problem Takes Forefront In Gujarat Ahead Of Election

Congress Leaders "Never Cared To Follow Gandhian Values", Says PM Modi
Impact fee: NOCs must to regularize construction in Gujarat
Times of India | 2 days ago | |
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AHMEDABAD: While the urban development officials have started accepting applications for regularization of illegal structures under the new impact fee rule, it comes with a rider. The state urban development department has clarified that applications without no-objection certificates from Real Estate Regulatory Authority (RERA), Ahmedabad Fire and Emergency Services (AFES) and health department will be rejected. The state government had announced the new impact fee policy on October 17. Sources said that in the rules laid out, the state government has stressed on provisions prescribed in Fire Prevention and Life Safety Regulations 2016, Clinical Establishments (Registration and Regulation) Act, 2010 and the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act, 2016. Sources in Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) said that residential buildings (taller than 15 meters) and all commercial buildings will have to take NOCs from RERA, AFES and the health department. This, to ensure that the buildings applying for regularization have fire exits, have installed fire equipment and there is enough space for the fire tenders to operate. However, regarding the NOC from the health department, there is no clarity as to which health department will issue it. While the AMC has its own health department, the areas falling under urban development authorities such as Ahmedabad Urban Development Authority or Gandhinagar Urban Development Authority don't have health departments; here health-related matters are taken care of by the panchayats. An AMC official who did not wish to be named said that the state government has started accepting applications for regularization of illegal structures, but the scrutiny is pending due to ambiguities. Any clarity will emerge only after the assembly poll, he said. He said that the RERA and health department officials have been asked to ensure that there are no pending RERA related issues and that the hospitals and clinics have fully adhered to the Clinical Establishments Act.

Impact fee: NOCs must to regularize construction in Gujarat
Education to inflation, Gujarat youth confident about issues but not parties
The Indian Express | 4 days ago | |
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Right across the Sheth Damodardas School of Commerce on the Gujarat University campus in Ahmedabad, Chetan CR runs a tea stall that he has named the “Engineer Tea Bar”. A qualified textile engineer, the 25-year-old began selling tea about two months ago. He is from the village of Pratapara in Bhavnagar district, which is about 170-odd km from Ahmedabad, and has been voting since he got his rights.“Our village comes under the Talaja Assembly constituency and will vote for BJP candidate Gautam Chauhan, who is from our village. Last time too, he was fielded from the seat but lost by a narrow margin,” says Chetan but adds that he is not sure if he will vote for Chauhan or incumbent MLA Kanu Baraiya of the Congress who won by just 1.28 per cent more vote last time.Chetan is part of a constituency of voters, the youth, who have a major say on who will form the government. There are nearly 11.74 lakh first-time voters this time in Gujarat, up from 11.8 lakh five years ago. Prime Minister Narendra Modi enjoys a lot of support among the youth and, in a special appeal to first-time voters, said at a rally in Valsad on November 19, “It is not (simply) that you have completed 18 years and are voting … you are going to become a participant in the shaping of the destiny of Gujarat, you are to become a policymaker of Gujarat.”One such first-time voter is Neha Vaghela, a Master’s student at the School of Languages at Gujarat University. But the prospect has left the 20-year-old more confused than excited. “All the parties, especially the ruling party, just campaign to collect votes for a month just before the elections. They showcase their work and ask for votes. We are very confused,” she says.Her friend Pratham Solanki, who studies at the private National College of Commerce and will also be voting for the first time, says, “The Congress was not seen anywhere in five years except for now. And the Aam Aadmi Party cannot be trusted, it is an outsider.” But he also points out that the government did nothing about paper leaks for government recruitment exams, an issue the AAP has taken up vociferously.Vaghela also thinks that the government’s focus should be on education. “Otherwise, the ruling government is fine. Unemployment may be an issue, but education is a greater issue.”Down the street from Chetan’s stall, Gujarat University students eat snacks at a food stall. One of them, aged 22 years, is a first-time voter and turns out to be inclined towards the AAP. “I want to vote for the AAP, it seems good. I have visited Delhi and seen their work. They have done some good work in education. In my family too, the decision is going to be between the AAP and the Congress. The BJP has not worked.”At the Iskon Gathiya on SG Highway, where Modi once held a “Chai pe Charcha” in the run-up to the 2014 Lok Sabha elections that propelled him to power, 35-year-old Sheikh Abu Zar is a regular. Zar has always gone for the “None of the Above”, or NOTA option. “I don’t think any of these parties should come to power. The Assembly elections are sheer timepass,” he says, sipping his tea amid a crowd of other regulars savouring their bun maskas and gathiyas (a type of deep-fried snack).Zar has been running an automobile centre across the road for the last 15 years. “It is not about which party comes into power in a state but which party is at the Centre. All the policies the BJP claims to have brought were initiated by the Congress. Even in Gujarat, the issues such as education were brought to the fore by the Congress. The BJP merely followed its path.”Asked why he does not vote for the Congress if he admires the party so much, Zar says, “Well, the candidate is important too. There are no solid leaders at the local level, in our constituency, whom we can bank on.”For 24-year-old Veena Solanki who belongs to the Baori community of Rajasthan and makes a living by selling winter wear outside the LD College of Engineering, inflation is the biggest issue. “I believe the Congress in power will take care of this. I have heard this in my family too, even from relatives in Rajasthan, where the Congress is in power. But even the AAP looks promising as these issues are on their manifesto. It is tough to decide.”

Education to inflation, Gujarat youth confident about issues but not parties
Pakistan knows if 2 bombs are blasted in India, 20 will blast there: Himanta Biswa Sarma
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The Indian Express
4 days ago | |

Campaigning in the constituencies of Naroda and Dariapur in Ahmedabad on Tuesday ahead of the Gujarat Assembly elections, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that since Narendra Modi became the Prime Minister, “Pakistan knows that if two bombs are blasted in India then 20 bombs will be blasted in Pakistan”.Citing the example of the Shraddha Walkar murder case in Delhi to push for “one law against ‘love jihaad’ across the country” and polygamous marriages in “certain communities”, Sarma said, “Aaj Bharat mein ek varg hai, woh varg ke vyakti ka swadhinata hai, ki ek ko shaadi karo, thode din baad dusre ko shaadi karo, thode din baad teesre ko shaadi karo. Agar aap talaq dete rahe toh chautha, panchva, chhattha, saatva, jitna shaadi kar sakte ho. Arre yeh desh ka kanoon ho sakta hai kya? Mahilaon ka itna apman ho sakta hai kya? Isliye aaj humare desh ko kya zaroorat hai? Uniform civil code ko yeh desh ko zaroorat hai… yeh kaam khaali BJP kar sakta hai, Mahila shashaktikaran ka kaam khaali pradhan mantri Modiji kar sakta hai aur isiliye hum logon ko Modiji ko taakat dena hai (There is a class in India whose people have the freedom.. takes one wife, then two wives, three wives, and if you keep divorcing then fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, as many you can marry. Can this be the law of the country? Can women be thus humiliated? That’s why we need UCC (Uniform Civil Code)… this work can only be done by the BJP and that’s why we have to give strength to PM Modi,” said Sarma.Sarma kicked off his campaign from Modasa constituency in Aravalli district before visiting the two constituencies in Ahmedabad. Campaigning for BJP’s Naroda candidate Payal Kukrani, also on stage was former Naroda BJP MLA and 2002 Gujarat riots accused Maya Kodnani, along with Ahmedabad city mayor Kirit Parmar. The Naroda constituency has the areas of Naroda Patiya and Naroda Gam that saw the worst massacres.“It has been 7-8 years since Modi took over… Today if you go to Tawang, there’s a highway and railways work is underway and an aeroplane hangar has been made. Today, if China comes from Lhasa to Tawang in two hours, then the Indian Army can reach from Tezpur in one hour. Earlier it took 14 days. Today our country’s borders are protected. It is secure in Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh,” he said.Referring to the 26/11 attack in Mumbai and the Parliament attack in 2001, Sarma said, “Today our Prime Minister is Modiji, where are all that (acts of terror)? Where have all the gun-toting men, who would come to India from Pakistan, vanished now? Because today Pakistan knows that if two bombs are blasted in India then 20 bombs will be blasted in Pakistan.”At all three events, Sarma said that the Gujarat election this time is not much about BJP winning, of which the party is sure of, but rather to ensure that Prime Minister Narendra Modi returns as prime minister in the 2024 elections.In 2017, Modasa was won by the Congress by a slim margin of around 1,600 votes, while Dariapur was won by Congress by a margin of over 6,000 votes. Naroda, a BJP bastion, was won by the party with a margin of over 60,000 votes.Taking on the Aam Aadmi Party, Sarma said, “Arvind Kejriwal says he will make mohalla clinics. When multispecialty hospitals, AIIMS are being made in Gujarat, of what use are mohalla clinics? This Kejriwal won the Punjab elections and look at the state of Punjab. Every day someone is being murdered in the open. Punjab is returning to its old state (of militancy)… guns and bombs have made a comeback.

Pakistan knows if 2 bombs are blasted in India, 20 will blast there: Himanta Biswa Sarma
  • Pak knows if 2 bombs are blasted in India, 20 will blast there: Himanta Biswa Sarma
  • The Indian Express

    Campaigning in the constituencies of Naroda and Dariapur in Ahmedabad on Tuesday ahead of the Gujarat Assembly elections, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that since Narendra Modi became the Prime Minister, “Pakistan knows that if two bombs are blasted in India then 20 bombs will be blasted in Pakistan”. Citing the example of the Shraddha Walkar murder case in Delhi to push for “one law against ‘love jihaad’ across the country” and polygamous marriages in “certain communities”, Sarma said, “There is a class in India who takes one wife, then two wives, three wives,… as many as they want. Can this be the law of the country? That’s why we need UCC… this work can only be done by the BJP and that’s why we have to give strength to PM Modi,” said Sarma. Sarma kicked off his campaign from Modasa constituency in Aravalli before visiting the two constituencies in Ahmedabad. Campaigning for BJP’s Naroda candidate Payal Kukrani, also on stage was former Naroda BJP MLA and 2002 Gujarat riots accused Maya Kodnani, along with Ahmedabad city mayor Kirit Parmar. “It has been 7-8 years since Modi took over… Today if you go to Tawang, there’s a highway and railways work is underway and an aeroplane hangar has been made. Today, if China comes from Lhasa to Tawang in two hours, then the Indian Army can reach from Tezpur in one hour. Earlier it took 14 days. Today our country’s borders are protected. It is secure in Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh,” he said. Referring to the 26/11 attack in Mumbai and the Parliament attack in 2001, Sarma said, “Today our Prime Minister is Modiji, where are all that (acts of terror)? Where have all the gun-toting men, who would come to India from Pakistan, vanished now? Because today Pakistan knows that if two bombs are blasted in India then 20 bombs will be blasted in Pakistan.”At all three events, Sarma said that the Gujarat election this time is not much about BJP winning, of which the party is sure of, but rather to ensure that Prime Minister Narendra Modi returns as prime minister in the 2024 elections.In 2017, Modasa was won by the Congress by a slim margin of around 1,600 votes, while Dariapur was won by Congress by a margin of over 6,000 votes. Naroda, a BJP bastion, was won by the party with a margin of over 60,000 votes. Taking on the Aam Aadmi Party, Sarma said, “Arvind Kejriwal says he will make mohalla clinics. When multispecialty hospitals, AIIMS are being made in Gujarat, of what use are mohalla clinics? This Kejriwal won the Punjab elections and look at the state of Punjab. Every day someone is being murdered in the open. Punjab is returning to its old state (of militancy)… guns and bombs have made a comeback.”

Congress: EC operates on BJP directive, denied parking nod to Gehlot’s aircraft
The Indian Express | 4 days ago | |
The Indian Express
4 days ago | |

Accusing the Election Commission (EC) for being hand-in-glove with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Gujarat, president of Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCC) Jagdish Thakor on Tuesday said aircraft belonging to Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot was denied permission to park in Ahmedabad and had to be taken to Vadodara.Speaking to reporters, Thakor said, “Yesterday (Monday) we got permission to travel from Surat to Mahuva by two helicopters. Initially, permission was denied and after we informed the EC, we got permission. As soon as we reached the airport, permission for one of the helicopters was cancelled.”He added, “The Airport Authority of India told us that due to the rush caused by events of Prime Minister and Home Minister, the permission has been declined. It is our open allegation that EC operates on BJP directive.”“Some days ago, when Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot came, we were told that there was no space at the Ahmedabad airport to park his plane and that it should be taken to Vadodara. But there were only four private planes at the airport,” Thakor said. The GPCC president said a party gets only 3-4 passes to receive VIP guests at airports. “Yesterday when I landed at Ahmedabad airport, I saw at least 30 people waiting to receive a BJP minister near the VIP lounge,” he said adding that rules of Model Code of Conduct (MCC) should apply equally to all national parties.Thakor said tenders for putting up poll advertisements on electricity poles in Rajkot municipal area were given to the BJP without informing the Congress about the publication of the tenders. “We are going to file a formal complaint with the EC on Wednesday,” he added.The GPCC president said that the party was not getting permission to hold meeting in villages from sarpanches aligned with the BJP. He also demanded that Prime Minister Narendra Modi should publicise the names of all those who received the 71,000 jobs for which he gave out job-offer letters.

Congress: EC operates on BJP directive, denied parking nod to Gehlot’s aircraft
A trip in time saves 93? AAP’s dash to Somnath before withdrawal deadline
The Indian Express | 4 days ago | |
The Indian Express
4 days ago | |

SEQUESTERING MLAs after elections is passe. The Aam Aadmi Party has made a head start on others in Gujarat. On Sunday, a day before the last day of withdrawal of nominations for the second and final day of polling in the state, the party is believed to have whisked away all its 93 candidates for that phase to a huddle in Somnath.Officially, the party’s stand was that the candidates had gone to the Somnath temple for “darshan”.Sources said the party was spooked after its Surat (East) candidate Kanchan Jariwala disappeared one evening, to emerge the next day and withdraw his nomination. AAP claims that he was “kidnapped” and forced to withdraw his nomination by the BJP, but has little substantial to back that up.By Monday, some of the AAP candidates were “back on the field”, as per what they told The Indian Express. Others admitted going to Somnath, but said it was for “prayers”.Om Prakash Tiwari, the AAP candidate from Naroda Assembly constituency in Ahmedabad, said they went for a party meeting to Veraval, Somnath. “We were there, so we did darshan at the nearby Somnath temple. I came back Sunday, some might be coming back today (Monday).”Sources said the party had information about some of the candidates coming under BJP pressure to withdraw. “Once the date to withdraw nominations passed, the candidates who were taken to a safe place were brought back,” a source in the party told The Indian Express.Other party candidates said they never went to Somnath. The party candidate from Deesa in Banaskantha district, Ramesh Patel, said he was “unaware” of any such pilgrimage to Somnath, and that he had been in his constituency for the past two-three days.Nikhil Savani, the vice-president of AAP’s youth wing, denied any herding of candidates by the party. “There is nothing like that. They are not here (Somnath) now, everyone is on the ground.”Candidates from two other seats — Manjalpur (Vadodara) and Ellisbridge (Ahmedabad) — who were believed to have camped in Somnath, could not be contacted.

A trip in time saves 93? AAP’s dash to Somnath before withdrawal deadline
Gujarat: Two facing trial for assaulting Medha Patkar fighting polls on BJP ticket
Times of India | 4 days ago | |
Times of India
4 days ago | |

AHMEDABAD: The BJP has given tickets to two political figures accused of assaulting Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) activist Medha Patkar in a peace meeting held at Gandhi Ashram in 2002. In its poll campaign, the BJP has been projecting Patkar as an enemy of Gujarat. Amit Popatlal Shah, facing trial in Ahmedabad's metropolitan court for assaulting Patkar, has been fielded by the BJP from Ellisbridge, considered a saffron bastion. He was Ahmedabad's mayor between 2005 and 2008. Amit Thaker, facing trial in the same case, has got the BJP mandate to contest an assembly poll for the first time. He has been fielded from Vejalpur, thought to be a safe constituency for the BJP though it has the country's largest Muslim ghetto of Juhapura. Thaker, who was a secretary of Gujarat's Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM), was made the president of Gujarat Chess Association after the alleged assault. Five years later, he became the national president of BJYM. He remained the co-convenor of the overseas BJP unit for six years. BJP has been for long projecting Patkar as an anti-Gujarat element In April 2002, Medha Patkar along with several social activists and journalists had gathered at Gandhi Ashram in Ahmedabad to appeal for peace in the aftermath of the post-Godhra riots. Patkar and others were allegedly assaulted by the BJP's youth wing which objected to her participation in an activity concerning Gujarat. Two other accused in the Patkar assault case who face trial include Delhi's lieutenant governor V K Saxena; and a lawyer, Rohit Patel, who is associated with the Congress. The BJP has been for long projecting Patkar as an anti-Gujarat element and strongly protested against her activities in Gujarat. Her name has been repeatedly invoked by the BJP ahead of the 2022 assembly poll to target the opposition. Recently, PM Narendra Modi publicly slammed the Congress for seeking votes in Gujarat when its leader Rahul Gandhi was joined by Patkar in his Bharat Jodo Yatra. Modi said Patkar was instrumental in stalling the Sardar Sarovar Dam project for over three decades. Earlier, BJP leaders had targeted the AAP by issuing statements suggesting that AAP might field Patkar as a candidate in Gujarat. The claim was strongly denied by AAP supremo Arvind Kejriwal.

Gujarat: Two facing trial for assaulting Medha Patkar fighting polls on BJP ticket
Gujarat assembly polls: In Ahmedabad, no policy for sticker ads on rickshaw hoods
Times of India | 5 days ago | |
Times of India
5 days ago | |

AHMEDABAD: The city’s autorickshaws have been force multipliers during poll campaigns for major parties — be it the BJP, the Congress or the AAP. The parties have hired hundreds of autorickshaws to improve voter outreach with the ‘autorickshaw hood campaign’. Stickers of leaders have been pasted on the rexin hoods of autorickshaws across the city. But the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) now realizes that the stickers are “illegal” as these not part of standard advertising protocol of the advertising policy followed in the city. “The AMC’s advertising policy does not have rules pertaining to stickers on autorickshaw hoods and therefore these can be called illegal,” explains a senior AMC official. There are more than one lakh autorickshaws plying on Ahmedabad roads. It is worth mentioning here that advertising on vehicles is an expensive affair. In Ahmedabad, the monthly licence fee for advertising on pedal rickshaws is Rs 25,000. In case one hires a three-wheeler and mounts an advertisement board on it, a licence fee of Rs 57,000 is charged per month. In the case of a four-wheeler, the licence fee is Rs 88,000 per month. To put up the ad board on a matador, the licence fee charged is Rs 1.71 lakh per month. “Since the code of conduct is in force, only microphones are allowed on the autorickshaws. We are yet to take account of the stickers on auto rickshaw hoods. Our advertisement policy does not consider the rexin hood stickers,” says a senior AMC official.

Gujarat assembly polls: In Ahmedabad, no policy for sticker ads on rickshaw hoods
Low demand, high cotton prices hit textile value chain
Times of India | 5 days ago | |
Times of India
5 days ago | |

Ahmedabad: After an uptick in sales during the festive season, demand in the textile sector across the value chain seems to have plunged. Production capacities are underutilised and many industrial units are yet to resume operations after Diwali. At least 75 textile processors in the Narol cluster of the city are yet to reopen after the Diwali vacation and those that have are running single shifts three or four days a week. High prices of cotton and diminished demand from the export market have hit the profitability of yarn makers as well. Yarn makers and powerloom weavers are also operating at about 50% capacity.Naresh Sharma, a veteran member of the Ahmedabad Textile Processors’ Association (ATPA), said, “At least 75 units in Narol have been closed since the Diwali holidays. In the absence of fresh orders and high input costs, units have not reopened even a fortnight after Diwali. Those that have are running at barely 30% of capacity and for just three days a week.”Despite inflation, textile processors were forced to reduce job work charges by about 10%. This is compounded by the working capital shortage units are reeling from.Ashok Meghlani, an Ahmedabad-based textile processor, said, “A lot of payments for past orders are pending and the working capital crunch is affecting productivity. Demand during Diwali was upbeat but our margins had shrunk.”Even though certain units have lowered processing charges to win orders, there are few fresh inquiries. The fluctuation in cotton prices also is a factor here.“Fabric traders saw major losses due to the sudden drop in cotton prices. More recently, cotton prices rose to Rs 70,000 a candy from the level of Rs 63,000. Due to fluctuating prices, grey fabric traders have not procured fabric to pass on to processors, as a result of which business is badly affected,” said an ATPA member.Fluctuating cotton prices have also affected yarn makers. According to the Spinners’ Association of Gujarat (SAG), units have been operating at barely 50% capacity for the last couple of weeks due to low export demand and constant fluctuation in cotton prices. Spinning units are incurring losses of around Rs 25 per kg of yarn and weaving units are losing Rs 4-5 per metre.Even weavers who reopened factories after Diwali are working at about 50% capacity. Bharat Chhajer, former chairman, PDEXCIL, said, “Some 100 weaving units in Ahmedabad are operating at 50% capacity, due to few orders. Those working for denims and bottom wear segments are even more underutilized due to falling demand.”

Low demand, high cotton prices hit textile value chain
EWS quota resolved many issues of Patels, community standing firmly with BJP this time: Hardik Patel
Times of India | 6 days ago | |
Times of India
6 days ago | |

Ahmedabad: The Centre's decision of 10 per cent EWS reservation without disturbing the existing quota resolved many issues of the Patels in Gujarat and the community will ensure the BJP's massive victory in the upcoming assembly polls, party leader Hardik Patel said. The spearhead of the 2015 Patidar quota stir said the agitation had directly impacted nearly 20 assembly segments in the 2017 Gujarat election. He had supported the Congress during the 2017 polls. The Centre in January 2019 implemented the 10 per cent reservation for the economically weaker sections (EWS) from the general category by amending the Constitution. It also issued instructions for increasing the total number of seats in academic institutions to provide EWS reservations without adversely affecting the proportionate seats of the Scheduled Castes (SC), Scheduled Tribes (ST) and Other Backward Classes (OBCs) categories. Earlier this month, the Supreme Court in a 3:2 majority decision upheld the 10 per cent reservation for economically weaker sections (EWS) in admissions and government jobs that excluded the poor among the SCs, STs, and OBCs. "Patidars are united and have decided to back Prime Minister Narendra Modi. In the 2017 elections, the issue was different. The 10 per cent EWS quota has extended reservation benefits for the poor and the deprived from other sections while including the Patels of Gujarat. "This time, the Patels will ensure that BJP gets a massive majority," Patel told PTI in an interview. He hailed Prime Minister Modi's leadership, and termed his decision on the EWS quota "historic". It will benefit the poor from more than 50 communities, he said. "It (EWS reservation) will immensely benefit the BJP. Last time, the Patidar agitation impacted nearly 20 seats directly and had an indirect effect on many other seats. But now, not only Patels but many communities will get reservation benefits," Patel said. About the impact of AAP's foray into Gujarat assembly polls, Patel did not see the Arvind Kejriwal-led party posing many challenges to the BJP. For him, the Congress is the nearest rival though a distant second in the polls. "The AAP is free to contest elections. But it has hurt the religious sentiments of the people of Gujarat with its leader's remarks against Lord Vishnu and Mahesh. "It is fighting the Congress for the same space but as of now it appears the Congress will be a distant second in the elections," he said. On his leaving the Congress to join the BJP, Patel said his issues have been resolved and he was always "BJP-minded and ideologically closer to Hindutva and nationalism". The 29-year-old Hardik Patel rose to prominence as the face of the Patidar agitation in Gujarat between 2015 and 2016. He joined the Congress in 2020 and served as its Gujarat unit working president. Earlier this year, he crossed over to the BJP which fielded him from the Viramgam constituency in Ahmedabad. Party leaders have been calling him a "fighter leader". When asked about chief ministers changing in Gujarat, Hardik said BJP is the party of the entire Gujarati society and "it gives representation to every caste at the appropriate time". "The people of Gujarat have full faith in the BJP. They embrace all its decisions and look at Prime Minister Modi and Amit Shah while voting for the party," he said.

EWS quota resolved many issues of Patels, community standing firmly with BJP this time: Hardik Patel