Articles by Melvyn Thomas
Nine people were killed and 29 others were injured when a sports utility vehicle collided with a luxury bus on a national highway in Navsari district of Gujarat early on Saturday morning, police officers said
Police have identified the SUV driver as Nitin Ghanshyam Patil, 30, of Kosmadi village in Bharuch. The eight victims were all workers at Pro-Life Chemo Pharma and were on their way to back Ankleshwar from Valsad when their car jumped the divider on NH-8 near Vesma in the morning hours on Saturday
Four of the AAP’s five MLAs have previous political histories with either the BJP, the Congress or the Bharatiya Tribal Party. Four of the MLAs are from Saurashtra, and one from south Gujarat.
Broadly in south Gujarat, which has a considerable tribal presence, the BJP enhanced its dominance improving its tally from 25 of the 35 seats in the region in 2017, to 33 seats
The BJP is leading in all important assembly segments in Gujarat’s tribal belt that has been considered a stronghold of the Congress for years. In 2017, the Congress won 15 of the 27 seats reserved for scheduled tribes (ST)
The Income Tax (I-T) department in Gujarat conducted raids at homes, offices and factories of various diamond firms and those linked to realtors in Surat on Friday, officials familiar with the matter said
Gujarat elections: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday held his second roadshow in two days in Ahmedabad, as he appealed to voters to re-elect the BJP.
Voters in 89 assembly segments in south Gujarat and parts of the Kutch and Saurashtra regions will vote on Thursday
The AAP hopes to replicate its successes in the 2021 civic polls in the city when it replaced Congress as the second-biggest party and secured about 28% of the vote share
Published on Nov 30, 2022 01:01 PM IST
ByMaulik Pathak and Melvyn Thomas
The Congress will have to leave divisive and vote bank politics if it wants to win the trust of the people, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Monday as campaigning in Gujarat heated up in the closing stages of the assembly elections.
Union home minister Amit Shah on Friday said that incidents of communal violence were once commonplace in Gujarat because anti-social elements, supported by the Congress, indulged in such activities.
Amit Shah on Friday addressed election rallies at Mahudha in Kheda district, Jhalod in Dahod district, Vagra in Bharuch district, and Naroda in Ahmedabad
DWUG chief Ramesh Jilariya said as an umbrella organisation, they have been asking the BJP government to resolve the issues diamond workers face but it did not care
The assembly elections in Gujarat are all about deciding the fate of the state for the next 25 years, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Thursday, as he targeted the Congress and AAP over a range of issues in the poll-bound state.
Modi was speaking at rallies as he resumed his extensive campaign for Gujarat elections, holding events in Dahod, Mehsana, Vadodara and Bhavnagar.
BJP’s star campaigners including JP Nadda, the party chief, Union home minister Amit Shah, Maharashtra deputy chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, and Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma were among those who hit the campaign trail on Tuesday
Published on Nov 23, 2022 09:25 AM IST
ByMelvyn Thomas and Amit Cowper
Modi took a dig at Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s ongoing Bharat Jodo Yatra, and Shah attacked the opposition party for allegedly compromising with development and national security during their rule at the Centre.
Updated on Nov 22, 2022 06:24 AM IST
ByMelvyn Thomas and Amit Cowper, Hindustan Times, Surat/gandhinagar
Addressing a rally at Surendranagar in Gujarat’s Saurashtra region, Modi on Monday listed the insults Congress has allegedly subjected him to
The sammelan was organised by AAP rebel leaders and activists, led by dissident AAP leader Raju Diyora
The campaigning comes a day ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s three-day visit to the state, during which he is scheduled to hold eight rallies.
AAP, which emerged as the main opposition replacing the Congress by winning 27 seats with a 28% vote share in the 2021 municipal elections in Surat, is banking heavily on the memories of the Patidar agitation
Published on Nov 18, 2022 05:42 PM IST
Of the 27 tribal seats in the 182-member House, at least eight seats are predominantly Christian-dominated, though as a token gesture Congress has fielded only one Christian candidate for years.
Updated on Nov 17, 2022 05:19 PM IST
The Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) candidate for Gujarat’s Surat (East) constituency withdrew his candidacy on Wednesday amid allegations by the party that the leader was abducted by political rivals, a charge rejected by the leader later in the day
Published on Nov 17, 2022 12:48 AM IST
AAP candidate Kanchan Jariwala withdrew his candidature from Surat (east) constituency, hours after the party leadership claimed that he was missing
Published on Nov 16, 2022 06:07 PM IST
Close family members have been pitted against each other in at least three constituencies in Gujarat- Jhagadia, Ankleshwar and Morbi
Updated on Nov 15, 2022 01:57 PM IST
Congress workers on Monday stormed into the Gujarat party headquarters in Ahmedabad to protest the decision to nominate sitting MLA Imran Khedawala from the Jamalpur-Khadia seat
Updated on Nov 14, 2022 10:21 PM IST
ByAmit Cowper and Melvyn Thomas
The assembly elections in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh have turned into money-spinners for weavers in the country’s largest man-made fabric hub of Surat
Published on Nov 14, 2022 02:54 PM IST