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No Muslim face: Modi core team

Narendra Modi’s core team, which is part of his electoral ‘war room’, vetoed a proposal for the BJP to field Muslim candidates.

Leuva Patels' vote will will be crucial for Modi, Keshubhai

Leuva Patels, a backbone of BJP's uninterrupted 18 years rule in Gujarat, are giving sleepless nights to the ruling party on which way they will go in assembly elections in Saurashtra this time after their caste's tallest leader Keshubhai Patel launched his political outfit.

Keeping a watch on elections, helping voters make a choice

Mashqura Fareedi & Jagdeep S. Chhokar explain how their group National Election Watch is tracking candidates in the Gujarat elections.

Notification issued for first phase of Gujarat Assembly polls

The Election Commission today issued notification for the first phase of Gujarat Assembly elections for 87 constituencies where voting will be held on December 13.

No talisman anymore

The most disadvantaged person in Gujarat has two choices — an authoritarian, business-friendly government or one that affirms her dignity and cares about her needs, writes Harsh Mander.

Modi vs Bhatt: a contest to watch in Maninagar

The war of attrition between Narendra Modi and Sanjeev Bhatt today shifted to the electoral arena with the Congress fielding the wife of suspended IPS officer against the Gujarat chief minister.

Payback time for Muslim ghetto

The people of Juhapura are used to being ignored, but it is election time and every Muslim here knows that their votes count.

Is Modi slipping from his Gujarat pedestal?

Mandate 2012 may have taken some sheen off Narendra Modi's rah-rah narrative, creating spaces for people other than Modi-baiters to discuss him and for the brave to criticise him, reports Smruti Koppikar.

Moditva beyond 2012

Narendra Modi’s challenge is not winning the elections next week but winning them in a manner that positions him as a contender for the country’s top job. How will he fare? write Rajesh Mahapatra and Mahesh Langa.

Narendra Modi’s war room eyes at least 117 seats

There are only two days left for the first phase of polling in Gujarat on December 13, and Narendra Modi’s “war room” — from where he, Arun Jaitley and a few others monitor the campaign – is going full throttle. Harinder Baweja reports.

Communal plank missing, Modi fights poll on development agenda

A decade after post-Godhra riots polarised voters on communal lines in Gujarat, chief minister Narendra Modi is seeking a third straight term in office largely on the development plank as he battles traditional rival Congress and a rebel BJP heavyweight bent upon upsetting his applecart.

Kharwas rue ‘fishy’ politics

The fishing community of Kharwas deals in a mostly-taboo culinary item in the predominantly vegetarian Gujarat.

Farmer discontent in Modi’s backyard

When chief minister Narendra Modi promised sops to farmers in the BJP manifesto — subsidising loan interest and agriculture summits on the lines of Vibrant Gujarat meets — he was addressing a long-standing grouse, which rings loud and clear even in his home district, Mehsana.

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Cong to target Modi through music CDs

In a carefully crafted strategy for the coming elections in Gujarat, the Congress is avoiding personal attacks on chief minister Narendra Modi. Instead, the party will target him on development issues, Aurangzeb Naqshbandi reports.

EC bans using Navratra functions for poll campaign

 Election Commission which on Sunday barred all kinds of political activities at religious functions in poll-bound Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh during the nine-day revelry.
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