articles by Darshan Desai

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Gujarat election 2017: Narendra Modi plays victim and saviour in one shot, but this is not winter of 2002

On his first whirlwind campaign tour on Monday, the first after elections were announced in Gujarat, Modi played the victim as well as the saviour but the crowds were not swaying to his beat unlike in 2002.

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Ahead of Narendra Modi's Gujarat tour, Congress divided on candidate picks as leaders warn they'll quit party

Congress' habitual problems have surfaced again in Gujarat as scenes of angry protests after announcement of candidates returned to haunt the party.

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Narendra Modi's charisma may still work in Gujarat but GST, demonetisation will complicate polls

Narendra Modi aave chhey (Modi is coming) was the BJP’s colourful Whatsapp media invite, giving details of his schedule.

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Numbers prove Gujarat model's human development indices not as vibrant as promised by Rupani government

Rahul Gandhi and young community leaders are touching real issues that people in Gujarat identify with, while hitting the BJP where it hurts the most.

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Gujarat polls: BJP's attack after Hardik Patel-Congress strike quota deal suggests alarm in ruling party

This was an unstoppable Deputy CM Nitin Patel — panic writ large on his face — going hammers and tongs against the Patidar leader Hardik Patel at a press conference minutes after the 23-year-old announced that the Congress had given a reservation formula that was workable under the Constitution.

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BJP's third list of candidates ahead of Gujarat elections sparks more discontent: IK Jadeja, Vasuben Trivedi excluded

Anger has been brewing over the selection of BJP's candidates in Gujarat as many senior leaders like IK Jadeja did not feature on the party's third list.

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Gujarat Assembly Election 2017: BJP candidate selection triggers discontent and disappointment among local leaders

Whether or not there is a new wind in the Opposition sails for Gujarat elections will be settled on 18 December. But for the Bharatiya Janata Party, opposition from within is an immediate and worrying reality.

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Gujarat election 2017: Chhotubhai Vasava demands his pound of flesh from Congress for saving Ahmed Patel

Now that Chhotu Vasava has become the acting president of the Sharad Yadav-led splinter JD(U) and has also bailed out Ahmed Patel, he wants to call the shots.

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Gujarat Assembly Election 2017: BJP announces first list of 70 candidates, plays safe by repeating almost all sitting MLAs

It was earlier being discussed that true to their style Modi and Shah may drop almost half of the MLAs, including ministers, as part of a no-repeat theory for alleged non-performers.

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Most of Gujarat's trade and industry feels that massive GST reliefs are much ado about nothing

The GST move does not seem to have amused the worst-affected trade and industry in Gujarat.

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Gujarat polls: Rahul Gandhi 's temple visits not 'soft Hindutva', only a continuation of old family practice

Rahul Gandhi's temple visits would not yield any electoral dividends in Gujarat elections, this is basically to send the message that the Congress vice-president understands the local dynamics

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Gujarat polls present a tough practice ground for Rahul Gandhi, Congress to counter Narendra Modi in 2019

Irrespective of the results, Congress and Rahul Gandhi will be happy with just making Narendra Modi huff and puff for a victory in his prised invincible state

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Gujarat Assembly Election 2017: Hardik Patel keeps up suspense as BJP, Congress court Patidar votes

For nearly two decades, it has only been Narendra Modi who could provoke intense debates about his next mystery move. But with Hardik Patel, one can sense that something different is happening.

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As Election Commission sets the ball rolling in Gujarat, non-bailable warrant against Hardik Patel gives rises to many questions

The war of attrition between the Bharatiya Janata Party and firebrand Patidar leader Hardik Patel got even murkier after footage purportedly showing Hardik entering a hotel room in which Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi was reportedly staying, leaked.

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As poll fever grips Gujarat, Congress and Patidar leaders deliver twin blows, leave BJP dazed and confused

Sometimes, a series of events point to a major upheaval. This is exactly what is happening in Gujarat politics, leaving the ruling BJP bewildered and speechless.

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Gujarat Assembly poll: Narendra Modi's GST pitch finds few takers; angry traders may put BJP on the edge

Firstpost touched base with tax experts and traders to find out if the prime minister’s hard sell at a large party workers conclave on GST and demonetisation did make any difference to their already simmering anger.

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Taking on Narendra Modi on his home turf, Rahul Gandhi hints at a new direction for Congress

It is not just about Rahul Gandhi drawing crowds that has pushed a panic reaction in the BJP.

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Gujarat seems to be viewing Rahul Gandhi differently: Congress vice-president gets rousing reception in Vadodara

Rahul Gandhi, who in his second leg of a three-day pitched campaign in Gujarat, inspired the imagination of the Congress rank and file, as well as hundreds of people where he travelled during the last two days and earlier in the Saurashtra region.

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Narendra Modi in Gujarat: Promises, foundation stones galore as PM woos voters with pomp and oratory

During his two-day visit, Modi is scheduled to address as many as six public meetings, launching various schemes and projects at five places in three regions in the poll-bound state.