January 08, 2013Court denies bail to Gujarat BJP MLA in firing case
A court on Tuesday rejected the bail plea of jailed Gujarat Bharatiya Janata Party Member of Legislative Assembly Jetha Bharwad, who had been charged with attempt to murder in a case related to firing during the last month's assembly elections.
Six Nagaland parties want election deferred
Political parties in Nagaland barring the ruling Naga People's Front is rooting for deferment of the next assembly election in the state till a final solution is arrived at in the ongoing Naga peace process.
January 02, 2013Maya declares ban on rapists as BSP nominees in elections
Any person facing charges of rape would not find place in the Bahujan Samaj Party list of nominees at any future election. This announcement was made by former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati in Lucknow on Wednesday.
SC disapproves remarks against Modi by Gujarat high court
Judges must not use strong and carping language and pass derogatory remarks against anyone, the Supreme Court said and asked them to act with sobriety and restraint.
December 27, 2012HC upholds life term to 5 in 2003 Gujarat gang-rape case
The Gujarat High Court on Thursday upheld life imprisonment to five persons, who gang-raped a 24-year-old city girl after a New Year night party in 2003, at a hotel, where she was lured by her boyfriend Sajal Jain.
December 26, 2012Modi sworn in Gujarat CM, ally JD-U, opp boycott ceremony
Narendra Modi, who powered Bharatiya Janata Party to an emphatic victory in Gujarat, was today sworn in as chief minister for the fourth time at the head of a 17-member ministry, in a ceremony boycotted by Opposition Congress and National Democratic Alliance ally Janata Dal-United.
December 25, 201257 criminals, 134 crorepatis in 2012 Guj assembly
There are 57 members with criminal background, one with even charges of rape, and 134 crorepatis (74 per cent) in the newly-elected Gujarat assembly, according to a report by the Association for Democratic Reforms, a non-political group aiming at governmental and electoral reforms. Vicky Nanjappa reports.
Modi has arrived. But is India ready?
Modi has arrived. Probably the country is not yet ready. Modi knows it. If Modi destroys the existing political consensus he will have to quickly replace it with another, notes M R Venkatesh.
December 22, 2012Top BJP leaders to attend Modi's swearing-in ceremony
The Bharatiya Janata Party on Saturday said its top leaders will attend the oath-taking ceremony of Narendra Modi as Gujarat chief minister on December 26.
December 21, 2012Keshubhai's party dented BJP prospects in Saurashtra
The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party's march towards a two-third majority was halted by the presence of Keshubhai Patel's party in Saurashtra and the saffron outfit suffered reverses in Chief Minister Narendra Modi's own backyard of north Gujarat.
Nitish yet to congratulate Modi on victory
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar is yet to congratulate Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and refused to say anything on Modi's hat-trick victory on Friday.
Modi to be sworn in as chief minister on Dec 26
Narendra Modi, who posted a resounding victory in the assembly elections, will be sworn in as Gujarat Chief Minister for the fourth time on December 26.
Newly-elected Gujarat Congress MLA passes away
A newly-elected Congress MLA on Friday passed away in a private hospital in Vadodara after suffering brain haemorrhage.
Why Modi of 2012 is a triumph of secularism
Narendra Modi of 2002 couldn't change Hindustan into Modistan; it is Hindustan which has changed Modi of 2002 into Modi of 2012, notes
View: Why Narendra Modi spoke in Hindi
To assume that Narendra Modi chose Hindi only to reach out to a national audience because he had prime ministerial ambitions was more than a stretch, says Mahesh Vijapurkar.
Modi vs Mahatma: What is Gujarat's message to India?
'Unless he engages with the darkness within, unless there is remorse for what happened within his rule, I don't think he is going to be my leader,' says filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt in his forthright style.
Why Modi was not so triumphant at his Vijay Sabha
Instead of a steamrolling 150 seats tally, terrifying the Bharatiya Janata Party high command into an abject surrender and hailing him as a prime minister-in-waiting, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra got 115 seats, 2 short of his 2007 score(117), enabling his party rivals to deny him what he covets the most, says Arvind J Bosmia
Modi is an engine beginning to stall. Is BJP awake?
If the Bharatiya Janata Party's own chances of returning to power are so weak, where is the question of Narendra Modi assuming its leadership and becoming the next Prime Minister. B Raman examines
115 seats. Is this the best Modi can do?
Now that the numbers are out and it is nowhere near as spectacular as expected/feared by some or hyped by many -- it is Narendra Modi's lowest in three elections -- it is a sobering thought. Is this the best he can do, wonders Saisuresh Sivaswamy.
Modi's a man in a hurry, and there's no stopping him
With the tide in favour of Narendra Modi, his shift to Delhi is inevitable. Aditi Phadnis examines
Mr Modi, state politics is not a national game
Invincible as he appears in his western stronghold, can Narendra Modi sweep forth from it and take New Delhi for an insurgent BJP? The good news for Modi's rivals in his party is that these results don't even begin to suggest he can.
December 20, 2012Modi supporters hold election watch parties in US
Elated over the hat-trick by Narendra Modi in the Gujarat Assembly elections, the supporters of Bharatiya Janata party in Washington on Thursday hoped that the impressive victory would pave the way for his larger role at the national level.
I will surely go to Delhi: Modi tells Gujarat
Fresh from the hat-trick in the assembly polls, which pitch-forked him in the BJP's prime ministerial candidates' race, Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said if he had committed any mistake, he seeks forgiveness from the people.
How Narendra Modi's propaganda won out in Gujarat
The proactive engagement with business and corporate leaders and the reciprocation in turn indicate Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi's ability to exploit the superficiality and lack of ideological depth on part of those preoccupied with profit and business isolated from a larger world view, feels Jatin Bhatt
Misery mounts for Congress in Gujarat
Gujarat is a tale of woes for the Congress, out of power for over twenty long years, with Narendra Modi performing an electoral hat-trick.
'Modi didn't let politics interfere with progress'
'In India people want progress, development, they don't want politicians to hamper progress. If that is what Mr Modi has done, that is what will happen. If this is not true, why would the people of Gujarat, which is such a progressive, developed society, vote for Mr Modi?' asks Devang Nanavati.
Gujarat win emphatic, BJP not united in HP: Jaitley
Hailing the party's poll performance in Gujarat, the Bharatiya Janata Party on Thursday gave credit to Narendra Modi for the victory and said that had the organisation been similarly united in Himachal Pradesh, it would not have been voted out.
Narendra Modi at the doorsteps of New Delhi
A 125 plus verdict would have given Narendra Modi automatic advantage to move to New Delhi. But now he will maneuver his way because the third consecutive victory makes him more impatient than ever, says
Five of Narendra Modi's ministers bite the dust
Even as Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi is well on the road to make a hat-trick in Gujarat, five incumbent Bharatiya Janata Party ministers lost the electoral battle. Among those defeated are three Cabinet ministers and two junior ministers
Flush with win, Modi calls on arch-rival Keshubhai Patel
Modi drove to the residence of Patel, who fell out with the BJP stalwart and floated his own party ahead of the election, in Gandhinagar to meet him. "Modiji had come to seek blessings after his win in the elections. I congratulated him for the win," Patel said after Modi's visit.
Adore or abhor, but you cannot ignore Narendra Modi
Narendra Modi, whose hat-trick in Gujarat could possibly pitchfork him as a prime ministerial candidate of BJP in 2014, has always remained a leader with a difference, a personality you may love or hate but cannot ignore.
It's for India to decide if they want Modi as PM: Brother
Narendra Modi's elder brother tells rediff.com's Sonil Dedhia that by electing Modi for the third time the people of Gujarat have given their answer to the Congress.
Gujarat Congress chief quits following election debacle
"Our state president has sent his resignation letter to party president Sonia Gandhi taking the moral responsibility of the defeat," state Congress spokesperson Manish Doshi said.
BJP thanks people, accuses Cong of communalising Guj polls
With the election results pointing towards a convincing victory for Narendra Modi in Gujarat, party president Nitin Gadkari thanked the people of Gujarat for the success.
Gujarat diary: '110 cr Indians want Modi in PM post'
While BJP workers gleefully celebrated the victory of the party and its leader Narendra Modi for a third time, Congress workers could barely hide their feeling of dejection. Sonil Dedhia and Prasanna D Zore were present at the BJP and Congress headquarters to witness the celebrations as well as the disappointment.
View: What Narendra Modi needs to do now
Chief Minister Narendra Modi needs to win over either the RSS or his rivals in Delhi to emerge as the undisputed leader within the Sangh Parivar. Without one or the other, he cannot win. This triangular contest is what constrains Modi's emergence as a national leader in his own right, feels Sonali Ranade.
IN PIX: The big winners in Himachal Pradesh
IN PIX: The big WINNERS in Himachal Pradesh
Gujarat 2012 tells us a larger story beyond Modi
'This victory effectively applies closure to 2002. It is unlikely that Modi will offer anything more than a purely symbolic doffing of his cap to heal the hurts of that calamitous year in his pursuit of greater glory,' says Shreekant Sambrani.
How South Gujarat saved Narendra Modi
Modi will have greater satisfaction to see that Sonia Gandhi's political secretary Ahmed Patel's Bharuch Lok Sabha constituency is also going the Bharatiya Janata Party's way.
Blog: What the Gujarat results tell us
The results have shown that the voters of Gujarat have rejected the state Congress as an alternative and a workable option for Modi.
In PHOTOS: The big winners and losers in Gujarat
Rediff.com brings you the results of the heavyweights in the Gujarat elections.
Guj election proves it is not open skies for Modi: Cong
Congress leaders on Thursday conceded defeat in Gujarat, but said it was "not open skies" for Chief Minister Narendra Modi, nursing national ambitions.
Time to move forward: Modi on Gujarat poll trends
Amid talk that he could be the Bharatiya Janata Party's prime ministerial candidate with another victory in Gujarat, a buoyed Narendra Modi on Thursday remarked it was time to move 'forward'.
BJP evasive on question of Modi running for PM's chair
As Narendra Modi appeared set for a hat-trick in Gujarat, the Bharatiya Janata Party on Thursday parried questions on whether he will be the party's prime ministerial candidate in the next Lok Sabha elections.
First pics: Party begins at BJP HQ as Modi set for win
The Bharatiya Janata Party headquarters in Khanpur, Ahmedabad, is buzzing with party workers and news reporters.
At BJP hq in Ahmedabad, it's celebration time
BJP vice-president Purshottam Rupala tells the media, "The initial results are in favour of the BJP, I am sure of our victory. Though we expect a lot more seats, still there is an hour to go before the final results are declared."
Trends indicate people are rejecting Cong: BJP
With early trends indicating that the Bharatiya Janata Party was leading in Gujarat, the BJP on said it is a vote for corruption-free good governance and showed that the people are rejecting Congress.
Gujarat poll: Modi beats odds, scores a hat-trick
Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday led the Bharatiya Janata Party to a decisive win in Gujarat for a third time in a row with the party securing majority clinching 103 seats of the 162 results declared for the 182-member assembly and leading in 13 seats.
Gujarat assembly poll results to be out TODAY
Counting of votes for the 2012 Gujarat assembly elections, which witnessed a historic 71.32 per cent voter turnout, will be held today for all the 182 constituencies across the state.
December 19, 2012'If Modi wins, he will stake claim for PM's post'
BJP appears likely to win its third consecutive election in the state, although it faces newfound opposition, says Milan Vaishnav.
Exclusive interview! Ahmed Patel, Sonia's trusted aide
Ahmed Patel, the most powerful man in the Congress party after the Gandhis, speaks to Rediff.com's Sheela Bhatt in a rare and exclusive interview.
It is actually Modi vs Modi in Gujarat
The Gujarat elections 2012 are not a contest between the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Congress and the Gujarat Parivartan Party. It is not between Narendrabhai and Keshubhai. Nor is it between Modi and Rahul or Sonia Gandhi. It is a contest between Modi that is seen as a symbol of Vibrant Gujarat, and a Modi that is deeply resented Parakala Prabhakar.
December 18, 2012He may or may not win. Why are we feting Modi already?
Urvish Kothari wonders why the political experts who had earlier expressed doubts about whether Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi will return to power this time have suddenly started assuming that his victory is a foregone conclusion
Never wanted him to join politics, says Modi's brother
Somabhai Modi talks to
about his famous younger brother, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi
Exclusive! Not even a tiny taint on my kurta: Amit Shah
Amit Shah, the prodigal leader of Gujarat and the man who knows Modi like no one else, shares some interesting insights with Rediff.com's Sheela Bhatt.
December 17, 2012'Maninagar's strongman will soon be India's PM'
On the final day of the Gujarat election, Rediff.com's
takes a day-long tour of Juhapura in Vejalpur (dominated by India's biggest minority), Naroda Patiya in Naroda (with an explosive mix of the majority and minority communities) and Maninagar (dominated by the majority community) in Ahmedabad. This is what he discovered.
Gujarat: The election that wasn't
A democratic set-up is a necessary instrument to choose rulers, but it cannot always provide a roadmap to a good society. That needs a moral compass, which is prominent by its absence in the current campaign, says Dr Shreekant Sambrani.
PROJECTION: Will Mehsana give Modi a boost?
Narendra Modi had worked superbly in 2007 in north Gujarat. It's important for Modi that Mehsana and other parts of north Gujarat give a thumping victory to the Bharatiya Janata Party to counterbalance any possible losses in Saurashtra.
Guj poll: 4 injured in firing by BJP MLA's bodyguard
Four persons were injured on Monday when the bodyguard of BJP MLA and candidate from Sahera in Panchmahal district, Jetha Bharwad, opened fire in Tarsang village after some stones were pelted at the leader.
PIX: Cong cries foul over Modi's election day 'V' sign
Gujarat Congress unit on Monday filed a complaint against Chief Minister Narendra Modi for allegedly violating the model code of conduct by 'campaigning' on the election day at the polling station where he cast his vote.
Guj: How technology is being used for a fair election
Real time monitoring of all the 23,000 booths where polling will take place on Monday will ensure a free and fair election, Gujarat Chief Electoral Officer Anita Karwal tells Rediff.com's Prasanna D Zore.
Rediff projections: Can Cong stop BJP in Banaskantha?
Shandilya Trivedi turns the focus on Banaskantha, a BJP stronghold where the Congress is trying hard to put up a decent fight
Rediff Projection: Which way would Vadodara tilt?
Our assessment is that BJP is clear winner in seven out of 13 seats in Vadodara, while the Congress is strong in two. In four seats both the Congress and BJP are finding the battle tough.
'It's not difficult for Modi to convince Muslims'
Zafar Sareshwala tells Rediff.com's Sheela Bhatt why Muslims are better off under Narendra Modi's rule than they were under the Congress.
PIX: 70 pc turnout in 2nd phase of polling in Gujarat
Amidst tight security, voting is underway on Monday in 95 constituencies in the second phase of Gujarat assembly elections which will decide the fate of 820 candidates including Chief Minister Narendra Modi.
Exclusive: SECRET behind Gujarat's super voter turnout!
Gujarat Chief Electoral Officer Anita Karwal tells Rediff.com's Prasanna D Zore about the amazing ways state electoral officers boosted voter sentiment, and the likely reasons behind the high turnout in the first phase of the assembly election. An exclusive interview!
December 16, 2012Modi is like Lord Shiva, he is a lion: Paresh Rawal
At a campaign rally in Patan in northern Gujarat on Friday, actor Paresh Rawal was at his sarcastic best as he spewed venom on the Congress and urged the voters to "perform Congress's last rites" on December 17, when Gujarat votes in the second phase of the state elections.
December 15, 2012At Kapadvanj, Jaitley tears into Sonia, Manmohan
Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha and senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader Arun Jaitley on Saturday showed an uncharacteristic discomfort in using Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru's name as well as taking on Congress candidate and chief ministerial-hopeful Shankersinh Vaghela in his public address at Kapadvanj constituency in Gujarat's Kheda district. Rediff.com's
reports from the ground.
Unlike Modi I don't have one bit of anger in me: Rahul
In a veiled attack on Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, All India Congress Committee General Secretary Rahul Gandhi on Saturday accused him of practising "politics of anger" and said it was time people switch to the power of "love", preached by the Mahatma, to ensure progress of Gujarat.
Haren Pandya's widow in 'revenge' battle against Modi
As the widow of slain BJP leader Haren Pandya fights a 'revenge' battle seeking "justice" for her husband for whose murder she blames Chief Minister Narendra Modi, Elliis Bridge seat is witnessing a poll contest where Jagruti Pandya expects her emotional appeal to triumph over the cold logic that favours her saffron rival.
December 14, 20125,000 voters from Mumbai plan to vote in Gujarat: BJP
About 5,000 voters, with dual registration in the electoral lists in Mumbai and Gujarat's Sidhpur assembly segment, are all set to vote against Bharatiya Janata Party's Jay Narayan Vyas in the second phase of polling in Gujarat on December 17, claimed Dilipbhai Patel, a BJP corporator in the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation
Modi's six desperate campaign strategies
on the Gujarat chief minister's desperate search for tangible issue that could swing the voters his way.
UPA govt sanctioned more funds to Guj than NDA: Sonia
Rebutting Chief Minister Narendra Modi's claims on development in the state and Sir Creek issue, Congress president Sonia Gandhi said in Kalol on Friday that the Gujarat government is making false promises to electorates.
Who benefits from Gujarat's higher voter turnout?
What does the high voters' turnout of 68 per cent in first phase of Gujarat election mean? Sheela Bhatt tries to find out.
Deeply divided Godhra braces for poll
A decade after Godhra provided the spark that ignited almost the whole of Gujarat into a communal cauldron, this relatively underdeveloped constituency in the prosperous state remains deeply divided along religious lines.
December 13, 2012SAURASHTRA PROJECTION: BJP 20, Cong 10, 16 too close
Rediff editors on the field speak with experts, common people, media personalities and others to project how the election will go in Saurashtra which voted on Thursday.
Modi taking undue credit for common man's toil: Rahul
In an apparent attempt to invoke the Gujarati pride in the poll bound state, Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi took potshots at Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday, saying the Bharatiya Janata Party stalwart is pursuing his personal agenda at the expense of the common people.
Keshubhai gets EC notice for violating election code
Election Commission on Thursday slapped a notice on former Chief Minister and Gujarat Parivartan Party president Keshubhai Patel for violating election code of conduct while going to a polling booth with a pilot car.
PIX: 67 pc voter turnout in first phase of Gujarat polls
Voter turnout of 67 per cent was recorded on 87 seats across Gujarat during the first phase of state assembly elections on Thursday.
Narendra Modi will go this time: Keshubhai
Gujarat Parivartan Party supremo Keshubhai Patel on Thursday said the people would vote for a change in the state, and added that Chief Minister Narendra Modi would be thrown out of power after the assembly polls.
How Saurashtra has rattled Modi, made him insecure
For the first time since the riots of 2002, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi finds himself on uncertain territory in Saurashtra, where the intense caste politics of Patels is now intertwined with the water problems of all the farmers of the region, reports
'Modi is a Raktabij -- he gets stronger when hurt'
Senior Gujarati journalist
explains Chief Minister Narendra Modi's 10-year rule through his own experiences.
December 12, 2012Stop dialogue with Pak on Sir Creek: Modi writes to PM
Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday asked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to stop dialogue with Pakistan at once on the Sir Creek issue and demanded that it should not be handed over to the neighbouring nation.
'Narendra Modi is a politician not a saint'
speaks to the popular Gujarati writer Gunvant Shah, who holds some strong and firm views on Narendra Modi.
Irfan Pathan bats for Narendra Modi
Cricketer Irfan Pathan on Wednesday shared the stage with Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi in the campaign rally of BJP, which is trying to appease minority community voters in the state.
Gujarat: In Godmother's den, her son roars like a tiger
Santokben Jadeja's son Kandhal, contesting from Kutiyana assembly segment in Saurashtra, is all set to carry forward his family's legacy with no fear of his opponents or shame about his criminal record, reports
December 11, 2012War of words heats up as Modi takes on Rahul 'baba'
Rahul Gandhi attended thee public speeches in Jamnagar, Amreli and Sanand on Tuesday, but his careful attitude made them bland, says
Modi only hears his own voice, not people's: Rahul
Making his first appearance in the Gujarat assembly election campaign, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday unleashed an attack on Chief Minister Narendra Modi calling him a "marketeer" who does false propaganda claiming progress in the state.
Campaigning for Phase 1 of Gujarat polls ends today
A total of 87 constituencies spread over 15 districts from Saurashtra and south regions of the state will go for poll on December 13.
Will Rahul make an impact in Modi bastions today?
He will address meetings at Sanand in Ahmedabad in central Gujarat and at Jamnagar and Amreli in Saurashtra regions.
'Muslims feel secure in Modi's Gujarat now'
Can Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi ever wash away the taint of the 2002 anti-Muslim riots?
spent five days in Ahmedabad meeting several Muslims across the socio-economic-caste divide, to find out what the community feels about Modi.
December 10, 2012Gujarat Blog: Why vote for Modi if he's Delhi-bound?
Is there any chance of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi losing this election?
Renowned Gujarati novelist Ashwini Bhatt no more
Ashwineee Bhatt, 76, a best seller novelist of Gujarati, passed away in Dallas (US) on Monday.
Modi's anti-people govt indulging in 'hera-pheri': Sonia
Dubbing the Narendra Modi-led government as "anti-people", Congress chief Sonia Gandhi on Monday raised the poll pitch alleging the Bharatiya Janata Party-led dispensation in Gujarat is indulging in "wrong-doings".
Exclusive! Congress is in awe of Modi, says Jaitley
While speaking to
about Narendra Modi and the Congress's media strategy, Jaitley deliberately and subtly downplays Modi's projection as a prime ministerial candidate and the BJP leaders' endorsements of Modi for the top job as if it is a routine affair
Narendra Modi is part asset, part liability
Narendra Modi has not yet shown signs of being a likely statesman or leader of vision and wisdom. We must avoid a judgement on his suitability till we have seen more of him as a leader outside Gujarat, says B Raman
'More Modi appeals in Gujarat, less he appeals outside'
Author and historian Ramachandra Guha tells Rediff.com's
that Narendra Modi's victory in Gujarat won't be a turning point in Indian politics because he is far too polarising.
Modi to address 53 rallies today, Sonia 2
Campaigning for Gujarat elections has entered the fast lane as Tuesday is the last day for the parties to woo voters for the first phase of state assembly polls to be held on December 13.
December 09, 2012BJP won elections with money from Naxalites: Digvijaya
Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh has alleged that Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh won the last two assembly elections by using money received from Naxalites.
December 08, 2012Modi hits out at Sonia for 'inciting' people of Gujarat
Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday accused Congress President Sonia Gandhi of inciting the people against his government and dared her to get the Centre act against him if he has done anything wrong.
Gujarat polls: Narhari Amin slams Cong for defection
Former Congress leader Narhari Amin, who recently crossed over to the Bharatiya Janata Party, has alleged that senior leaders of the faction-ridden Opposition party in Gujarat subverted ticket distribution process for elections, which prompted party cadres to defect.
Now, BJP's Amit Shah backs Modi as PM
After top central Bharatiya Janata Party leaders endorsed Narendra Modi as the future prime minister, former Gujarat minister on Saturday backed the state chief minister saying he has "all the qualities" required for the top post. Earlier, Sushma Swaraj and Gopinath Munde, during their visit to Gujarat, had said that Modi was fit and competent to be the prime minister.
'Letter to Clinton on Modi interference in poll process'
Writing a letter to United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton against granting a visa to Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi when he has neither applied nor has any intention to do so is an attempt by US lawmakers to interfere in India's democratic election process, Overseas Friends of the Bharatiya Janata Party-USA has alleged.
Sonia's rally in Keshod a bigger hit than Modi's show
While a massive crowd gathered of 25,000 thronged Congress President Sonia Gandhi's rally in Keshod, only 3,000 showed up when the Gujarat chief minister campaigned in the Junagadh town.
Sonia Gandhi spreading lies against Guj govt: Modi
Countering Sonia Gandhi's charges that the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party's promises were "hollow and false", Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Friday attacked the Congress president saying she was "spreading lies" against his government.
December 07, 2012Congress leads crorepati pack contesting Gujarat election
If the first phase of Gujarat election will have 147 crorepatis in fray, the second will see another 150 contesting, says National Election Watch
Modi's development promises hollow, false: Sonia
Congress chief Sonia Gandhi on Friday sought to tear into Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi's claims on development accusing the state government of completely ignoring the welfare of poor and wondered where all the central funds for the state had vanished.
'M for Modi' is actually 'M for Mr Moneybag' for BJP
looks beyond the myth of Narendra Modi and highlights the chinks in the Gujarat chief minister's armour.
Sonia Gandhi to campaign in poll-bound Gujarat today
Congress president Sonia Gandhi is scheduled to address two rallies in poll-bound Gujarat on Friday.
Nobody is invincible, not even Modi: Shweta Bhatt
After completing a hectic day of campaigning among the voters of Maninagar, Shweta Bhatt answers
's posers with the ease of a master politician. Read on to know why she decided to take on Narendra Modi, how campaigning has changed her and how she copes with all the stress that comes with fighting against a chief minister as powerful as Narendra Modi.
Mining scam tainted Janardhana Reddy to fight election
Jailed former Karnataka minister G Janardhana Reddy's is likely to contest the elections in Karnataka on a BSR Congress ticket, reports Vicky Nanjappa
'People know of Gujarat because of Modi'
It's going to be Narendra Modi all the way believes Gujarat's aam janta . Sonil Dedhia finds out as he speaks to a cross-section of people in the state ahead of the upcoming polls.
Modi dares Sonia to name Gujarat Cong CM candidate
Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday dared Congress president Sonia Gandhi to announce her party's Gujarat chief ministerial candidate before visiting the poll-bound state
December 06, 2012Gujarat polls: Blow to Congress as Narhari Amin joins BJP
With central Congress Party leaders turning down Gujarat leader Narhari Amin's request to be allowed to contest assembly polls from the Gandhinagar South constituency, the senior party loyalist on Thursday joined the Bharatiya Janata Party, asking his supporters to ensure victory of Chief Minister Narendra Modi.
'This election is like a semi-final match for Modi'
Political analyst Viduyt Thakar tells Rediff.com's
the importance of the 2012 Gujarat assembly elections, why Chief Minister Narendra Modi is so popular and why he thinks that this is the last chance for Congress to come back to power in Gujarat.
Soniaji has no knowledge about Gujarat, says Modi
Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday night targeted Congress President Sonia Gandhi, saying she should not come to the state "without doing proper home work".
Modi's Patel card will be Congress rebel Narahiri Amin
"The Congress is in the hands of a few people. Rahul Gandhi, C P Joshi, Mohan Prakash, Ahmed Patel, Shaktisinh Gohil and Arjun Modhwadia have decided on all the 182 seats. Once again, our leaders are plotting to defeat each other. They have made a mess of the Congress's improving fortunes. Like 2007, the Congress will lose both the election and prestige."
December 05, 2012Dalit Killings? Not an issue in Gujarat poll
Leaders are believed to go on promising spree in the election season, but clearly there are exceptions.
Gujarat government refutes Kejriwal's charges
The Gujarat government on Tuesday refuted Aam Admi Party convener Arvind Kejriwal's charge that it favoured certain industrial groups in the state.
No justice for riot victims if Modi becomes PM: Zakia
Victims of the Gujarat riots will not get any justice if Narendra Modi becomes India's prime minister, the wife of former Member of Parliament Ahsan Jafri, who was killed by a violent mob during the post-Godhra riots in Ahmedabad a decade ago, told United States lawmakers.
Gujarat poll: Five factors that go against Modi
'Through his Election 2012 campaign Narendra Modi has not shown any signs to suggest that he is confident enough to take the risk to set new standards to don the national leadership. His attempt to stoop low to conquer is avoidable, entirely, in view of his comfortable position in the ongoing election campaign.' Rediff.com's Sheela Bhatt identifies the factors that are not going well for Modi.
'Modi a political salesman, marketer and hypnotist'
Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi is a dictator, lying is his style and his development propaganda is completely fake. These are some of the claims made by Professor Hemant Shah, head of the department of economics at H K Arts College, Ahmedabad.
December 04, 2012Rahul not campaigning in Guj to avoid defeat slur: Modi
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi is not campaigning in Gujarat because he does not want to take responsibility of his party's likely defeat in the assembly polls, Chief Minister Narendra Modi said on Tuesday night.
Congress woos Gujaratis with free laptops, 16 pledges
Terming Chief Minister Narendra Modi's claims of impressive development as 'blatant lies' and 'misleading', the Congress on Tuesday released its poll manifesto promising 'real development along with safety' if it is voted to power in the upcoming assembly elections.
No cash transfer scheme in Gujarat, Himachal now: EC
Voicing concern over the announcement of direct cash transfer scheme after the Model Code of Conduct had been implemented, the Election Commission has directed the government to keep in abeyance its implementation in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh where the poll process is going on.
Gujarat Phase 1 election: 104 criminals, 147 crorepatis
The first phase of the Gujarat assembly elections will have 104 candidates with a criminal record, says a data analysed by the National Election Watch.
BJP's manifesto misguiding people: Gujarat Cong
Opposition Congress on Monday said there was nothing new in Bharatiya Janata Party's election manifesto, dubbing it as "anti-poor and anti-middle class" and an attempt to "misguide" the people of Gujarat.