articles by Swati Bhan

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Amit Shah backs Maya Kodnani's claims in Gujarat riots case: BJP knows tokenism matters ahead of elections

BJP president Amit Shah appeared as a witness to defend former BJP minister Maya Kodnani at a Sessions Court in Ahmedabad.

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Gujarat Rajya Sabha polls: Ahmed Patel's win has restored his place in state politics in key election year

Ahmed Patel will also be in the forefront to rework estranged relations with allies, and ensure Gujarat Congress goes back to a position of reckoning

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MLAs exodus has weakened Congress' chances as party faces Shankersinh Vaghela, BJP in Gujarat polls

The latest exodus of MLAs may have left Gujarat Congress with senior leaders who are too busy trying to save their own seats rather than guide the party towards a better performance in the upcoming Assembly poll

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In Balwantsinh Rajput, BJP has key to increase Rajya Sabha count from Gujarat, defeat Ahmed Patel

The latest resignations involving Congress MLAs in Gujarat is part of BJP plan to pin down Congress leader and strategist Ahmed Patel, the only Muslim parliamentarian from the state

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Gujarat floods: Social media comes to the rescue as govt reaches out to locals; Reliance Foundation adopts three villages

Even as Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a relief of Rs 500 crore after taking an aerial survey of the flood affected areas of Gujarat on Tuesday, many villages around the Deesa city of Banaskantha district continue to remain cut off because the bridges and roads en route have been washed away.

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Shankersinh Vaghela quits Congress: Party battling not only BJP, but also those within its own fold

Vaghela, the former chief minister and former Union minister, said he was unhappy with the way Congress has been for over a couple of months

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BJP chief Amit Shah eyes 150 Assembly seats in Gujarat, but faces strong headwinds

Setting a target of 150 Assembly seats for the Gujarat unit of Bharatiya Janata Party, party president Amit Shah might have set the pitch for the forthcoming Assembly elections but how the BJP will achieve this target amidst conditions that are not too favourable for them remains to be seen.

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Hardik Patel back in Gujarat with a crowd behind him: Is BJP game for the challenge?

Back from an exile after six months, Patel icon Hardik Patel, has started an outreach toward his community. Away from the state, back in action he had to make a point.

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Rahul Gandhi's Mehsana rally: Congress sets stage for comeback in post-Modi Gujarat

Rahul Gandhi's rally on Wednesday in Mehsana is a signal that the party wants to cash in on the absence of youth icon Hardik Patel who had spearheaded the Patidar agitation last year.

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Gujarat civic polls: BJP's emphatic victory is more of a relief than triumph

Tuesday’s Gujarat civic polls result will come as a breather for the BJP, which will look to consolidate on the victory ahead of next year's Assembly elections

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Modi in Gujarat: Dearth of star campiagner forces BJP to lean on PM for upcoming polls

On his visit to Gujarat on Saturday, PM Modi will inaugurate the international airport at Vadodara and distribute kits to physically challenged tribals.

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Modi turns 66: PM's Gujarat visit to celebrate his birthday could be a calculated move

While the official reason PM Modi's Gujarat visit is to celebrate his birthday, state BJP wants to ensure that the count of seats in the assembly elections does not see a dip.

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As Patidars create chaos at Surat event, is BJP's mission outreach toward Patels failing?

BJP president Amit Shah along with Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and other party leaders were booed off stage as the members of Hardik Patel's Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti created ruckus and vanadalised furniture at a programme to felicitate Patel leaders.

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Narendra Modi in Gujarat: Holds his first rally as PM to wean Patels away from Hardik

As Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives in Patel heartland Rajkot on Tuesday, there would be a lot more on his mind than the launch of Saurashtra Narmada Avtaran Irrigation (SAUNI) Yojna.

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Anandiben Patel resigns: After Dalit, Patidaar agitations, it was time for her to go

The stepping down of Anandiben Patel was always on the cards. The question was when.

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Gujarat Dalit protests: Caste wars are back to haunt the state and its political establishment

The widespread protests in Gujarat against the brutal assault and public shaming of four young Dalit men signals the return of caste wars in the state.

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BJP seeks to consolidate Patel vote base post Patidar quota turmoil, Hardik bail

After spending around nine months behind bars on charges of sedition, Hardik Patel finally got bail from Gujarat High Court on Friday. Patel had spearheaded a movement in Gujarat last year, demanding the Patidar caste to be given Other Backward Class (OBC) status that would eventually qualify it for reserved quotas in education and government jobs.

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The RSS-BJP attack on campuses: Free thinking discouraged and penalised

The RSS-BJP combine is dreaming of breeding a generation of dullards raised on government propaganda, pseudo-nationalism, myth masquerading as science and the drivel of an imagined past.