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
A pre-poll survey shows Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi's charisma is set to fetch a bigger victory margin for ruling BJP in assembly elections in the state with seven more seats while Congress may win just 51 seats this time.
Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi on Saturday accused the Congress party of being a "dyed-in-the-wool exponent of votebank politics".
Prominent Muslim organisations on Saturday rejected suggestions by former MP and diplomat Syed Shahabuddin that Muslims could "join hands" with Modi if he apologised for the 2002 riots, Zia Haq
Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley today said that since so many leaders have campaigned in Gujarat, it indicates that the entire BJP is behind Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi.
Chief minister Narendra Modi received a pat on his back from national-level BJP leaders today for "taking Gujarat forward on the development path".
The Election Commission on Wednesday announced two-phase elections in Gujarat on December 13 and 17 and at one go in Himachal Pradesh on November 4. Counting is on December 20. Cong not to project CM candidate in Guj, HP
Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday welcomed the announcement of state assembly poll dates by the Election Commission.
Congress will not project any chief ministerial candidate in the Assembly elections in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh.
If he can put up a dazzling show, his supporters believe, Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi will be in the driver’s seat to lead the BJP’s war against a weakened Congress-led UPA in the next LS polls. Shekhar Iyer
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How big a travel bill did Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi, who raised a storm about Gandhi's expenses, run up? An RTI activist asked the question back in 2007 and the state government, she claims, is yet to answer it. HT reports.
On the day that the Election Commission announced the schedule for the Gujarat assembly elections and Sonia Gandhi launched Congress's campaign for the polls from Rajkot, the MB Shah Commission gave a clean chit to the Narendra Modi government on alleged irregularities in allotment of land for industrial projects. HT
In many ways, the 2012 assembly elections in Gujarat could be challenging for chief minister Narendra Modi. Himanshu Thakkar
In a bid to shore up its electoral fortunes, the Congress may break its tradition of not allowing a sitting member of parliament (MP) to contest an assembly election.