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How Narendra Modi took over Gujarat BJP, pushed out rivals

How Narendra Modi took over Gujarat BJP, pushed out rivals

The BJP's Gujarat unit is loyal first to an individual and not the party or its ideology. The Gujarat BJP is today one man who has pushed out all potential competitors, writes Aakar Patel.

Dear Mr Modi, open your heart and apologise for riots

Dear Mr Modi, open your heart and apologise for riots

The UK has moved to end the diplomatic isolation of the Gujarat chief minister, but he remains a prisoner of his own politics. Modi has to embrace all Gujaratis, writes Harinder Baweja in an open letter.

Narendra Modi and 2002: moving on from a terrible date

Narendra Modi and 2002: moving on from a terrible date

Hindu-Muslim issues haven't been settled, but Gujarat is far less likely to have a riot today. Narendra Modi hasn't apologised for 2002 but he has taken steps to make minorities feel safer, writes Ashok Malik.

Leaving them speechless: Narendra Modi

Leaving them speechless: Narendra Modi's campaigning style

Narendra Modi has done to politics what Baba Ramdev has done to Yoga – converting it into a performing art. Modi's speeches are all about himself. His ability to electrify the crowd is immense. Varghese K George writes.

Community power: how the Patels hold sway over Gujarat

Community power: how the Patels hold sway over Gujarat

Arvind J Bosmia explains how people of farm tillers became one of the most prosperous and powerful communities of the state in a matter of decades. Plus, who will the Patels vote for in this election.

Gujarat Elections 2012:
Campaign Trail

Gujarat Parivartan Party to hold convention in Rajkot tomorrow


Keshubhai Patel-led Gujarat Parivartan Party would organise a huge convention here tomorrow at race course ground as a part of its election campaign.

Guj polls: EC steps in to increase disabled voters' presence


In a bid to increase participation of disabled voters in Gujarat Assembly polls next month, the Election Commission has introduced Braille numbers and ballot papers besides setting up ramps at polling booths for their convenience.

Gujarat Elections 2012:
Election Analysis

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.

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THE LEADERS

Narendra Modi
Longest serving chief minister of Gujarat.
Seeking to win third consecutive victory in the state assembly polls.
Shaktisinh Gohil
Gujarat's leader of opposition Gohil is front runner for CM post.
Protege of Ahmed Patel, Sonia Gandhi's political secretary.
Arjun Modhvadia
Belongs to OBC, which is the largest social group in the state population.
He was leader of opposition from 2004 to 2007.
Anandiben Patel
Anandiben Patel is the frontrunner for CM post if Modi decides to shift to Delhi.
Known for open rivalry with Modi aide Amit Shah.
Keshubhai Patel
The man credited with bringing BJP to power in Gujarat.
Regarded as an indisputable leader of powerful and numerically important Leuva Patel community.

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Gujarat Elections 2012:
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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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