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After the declaration of the results of the Gujarat elections which is the home turf of both prime minister Narendra Modi and BJP supremo Amit Shah and the saffron party’s strongest bastion, acheiving 99 seats i.e. sixteen seats less than the previous tally definitely speaks of fact that the ruling party at the centre as well as in 19 states of the country is on the downward sliding trend.

According to political analysts: one can conveniently come to the conclusion even a lay man can, they believe, that a party like Congress which has been constantly losing after Narendra Modi assumed the top slot of the country at the hustings has at least this time, though lost but improved its last terms tally from 61 to 77/ 78 thus enhancing its 16 MLAs and also the vote share compounded with bagging maximum seats in the rural areas sending a clear message that the people of Gujarat’s rural belt are not happy with the agrarian policies of the BJP led NDA government.

Not only this but the saffron party’s 5 ministers also lost elections to Congress candidates and also lost four seats in the religious oriented Somnath temple area where all the lawmakers belonged to BJP. What make things even more worsening for the BJP is the fact that even in the prime minister’s home seat of Vad Nagar the BJP’s sitting lawmaker lost to the Congress candidate. While there is no doubt that the BJP won for the sixth consecutive term in Gujarat after incessantly ruling for 22 protracted years but the prime minister Modi, BJP supremo and the entire state and central cabinet and leaders had to work hard on 24×7 basis to counter the Congress president’s powerful jaggernaut.

It may be recalled that the Nehru Gandhi scion had addressed 135 public meetings in Gujarat and eas involved in the hectic campaigning for over two months. This is the first time since Narendra Modi and his party gained power at the centre in 2014 that the PM and his entire party had to work so hard to counter Rahul Gandhi’s single handed political invasion including holding of seven public meetings on the last leg of campaigning. If the political analysts are to be believed, the expeditiously increasing political clout and anti BJP potential and attacking posture of the Congress president Rahul Gandhi that exhibited its positive result in the Gujarat elections bringing the BJP down by 16 seats and Congress up by the same number of law makers, the indications give an unabiguous impression that all is not good for the BJP in the incoming future.

The dynamic and befitting performance of Rahul Gandhi in the Gujarat elections single handedly makes one thing absolutely clear that he is emerging as a strong force to reckon with in the near future and if the Nehru Gandhi scion really reorganises and resurrects the entire party from the block to district to state to national level and makes sincere efforts to unite the entire anti BJP opposition things can definitely materialise favorably in 2019. Political analysts further add that the undesirable statements from the suspended leader of the Congress party calling the prime minister” Neech” and issuance of the statement by the senior leader and advocate Kapil Sibbal asking the apex court judge to defer the matter of construction of Ram Temple in Ayodhya till 2019 election have cause much harm to the party and Rahul’s untiring efforts. Had these two incidents been avoided the party would hane performed more better and perhaps immensely favourable.

On the other hand after being belied by Rahul Gandhi’s influence that led to Congress increasing its previous tally from 61 to 78, and subsequently decreasing the tally of BJP to mere 99 from the previous 115, the disturbed Amit Shah is putting the entire blame on the former for stooping at the lowest ebb like propagating castism and other manipulations to bag votes while answering the queries of media. In fact earlier over confident Amit Shah claiming to bring 150 seats now have no option but to give such unconvincing reasoning. What’s your take, friends?

SUNIL NEGI

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The prime minister Narendra Modi termed the victory of Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh elections as an outstanding triumph and said that it’s a historic mandate on his policies and programmes of reformation and development. Congratulating the electorates of Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh, national party president Amit Shah, the party leaders and rank and file, highly spirited Modi amidst the thunderous applause from the audience said that this is a historic victory for the party as despite securing an absolute majority in Himachal Pradesh, the committed workers of BJP of Gujarat have made the 5th time successive victory possible.

This is no ordinary achievement but a historic win for the fifth time in succession which is an extraordinary incident for the news analysts and political pundits of the country, said Modi. This is a victory of outstanding nature as it’s a 12th victory in succession in the state’s BJP election since 1998 whether they were the elections of parliament or state legislature. Prime minister Narendra Modi was addressing hundreds of enthusiatic party workers and leaders after the dual victory of BJP in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh at the party headquarter in New Delhi. Addressing eloquently, Modi passed a taunt to his opponents saying : whether you like the BJP or not but kindly do not derail the development of the nation and the spirit of cooperative competitive federalism being promoted and carried forward by his government.

He emphatically said that infinite conspiracies and planning were made by his political opponents in Gujarat with a single desperate aim to dethrone the BJP government and belittle Modi but all in vain. He said, while every party can have their differing views and ideologies but the opposition of the country should also have the guts and morality to accept their respective defeats on the developmental plank instead of expressing their frustration through unacceptable and demoralising statements.

Though prime minister Narendra Modi had specifically said that he is not for the criticism of his opponents but he lost no opportunity in strongly criticizing Congress president Rahul Gandhi and others without mentioning their names. Extremely jubilant and hilarious Narendra Modi has confined his entire speech on developmental plank and reforms and ensured that come what may, he and his government would continue to relentlessly move forward in continuing the unabated reforms and development giving an unambiguous hint that 2019 elections would also be in his and the BJP’s favour.

Prime minister Narendra Modi especially emphasised on the middle class of the country saying that their expectations has tremendously enhanced due to the worh culture and achievements of his government on various fronts and that he and his government will leave no stone unturned to come true to their expectations. Modi repeatedly expressed his gratitude towards the electorates of Gujarat for the party’s fifth consecutive victory at the hustings and mentioned Himachal Pradesh only once in his entire speech of more than half an hour amidst tremendous applause and the chantings of Modi, Modi. It may be recalled that in Gujarat the BJP secured 99 seats and Congress 99 whereas in Himachal the former got 44 and Congress merely 21.
SUNIL NEGI, President, Uttarakhand Journalists Forum

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The hilarious pre accepted victory of the Bhartiya Janata Party in Gujarat for the fifth time in succession is undoubtedly a huge victory of the Indian prime minister Narendra Modi and Gujarat pride and subsequently a massive jolt to the opposition parties particularly the undisputed 24 year old leader of the Patidar community Hardik , Alpesh and Jignesh Mewani including the most vociferous and highly spirited new Congress president Rahul Gandhi who’d made it their prestige issue to ensure the BJP’s defeat in the state, come what may, ruled by the saffron party for the last twenty two years thinking that perhaps the anti incumbency factor may work. While this victory of BJP and the prime minister can be definitely termed as historic though having secured 99 seats too less than the previous terms tally but being the fifth consecutive triumph nobody can also deny the fact that the Congress Party under the Nehru Gandhi family scion has also proved his impressive mettle by improving the party’s vote share from 44% to 48 and enhancing the seats tally from previous 61 to the present impressive 80 despite all odds and the 132 year old party’s losing spree after the BJP led NDA assumed historic majority at the centre under the prime ministership of Modi.

Congress which is constantly losing at the hands of the BJP and Narendrs Modi in Gujarat for the last 19 years had 61 MLAs last time with 6 of them having defected to BJP including former CM Shanker Singh Vaghela ditching Congress and forming his own political outfit. The prime minister Narendra Modi and the national BJP chief Amit Shah after experiencing the Congress chief, then the Vice president Rahul Gandhi’s extensive campaigning after having roped in Hardik, Alpesh and Jignesh Mewani on his side had left no stone unturned to ensure that This anti BJP alliance in the state of Gujarat is defeated hands down. About more than 40 cabinet ministers, entire office bearers of the centre and states and volunteers from all over the country were roped in to campaign and use massive funds to ensure the party’s victory as the entire media of the country and even the world was analysing and viewing this election of Gujarat and Modi pride from close quarters and had connected it with the Modi victory in the 2019 general elections. While the hard hitting Congress chief Rahul Gandhi has held and addressed more than 36 meetings in the state literally giving up the Himalayan state Himachal Pradesh to BJP, the prime minister Narendra Modi and Amit Shah also addressed umpteen numbers of largely attended meetings and announced schemes worth of thousands of crores just before the implementation of the code of conduct by the Election Commission.

During the last phase of the campaigning when some of the channels started giving some credible mileage to Rahul and Congress the central and state BJP machinery geared itself to the maximum and countered the Rahul jaggernaut with full force finally standing triumphant for the fifth succesive term thus exposing the patidar leader Hardik, Alpesh Thakore and Jignesh Mewani as well. One should not forget that during his three and a half month’s tenure Modi held two summits with the Chinese president Xi Jingping and Japanese PM Shinzo Abe in Gujarat Ahmedabad and gave the Gujaraties a bullet train from Ahmedabad to Mumbai woth a whopping aid of 1.8 lakh crores inclusing direct flights from London and USA to Ahmadabad compounded with several high profile international projects.

All these achievements impressed fellow Gujaraties tremendously who voted for him enmasse expecting many more such projects to arrive in the near future. It may be recalled that having been the three term CM of the state of Gujarat and now PM of the largest democracy of the world Narendra Modi’ s charisma still exists in Gujarat and this result has amply made it clear. Modi has during his three years and eight months tenure captured 20/ 21 states of the country leaving the negligible 4 with the Congress. This constant winning spree has made it absolutely clear that his political and social charisma is fully intact and is all set for re election in 2019’s general elections. The Congress Vice president Rahul Gandhi will have to re galvanise and revitalise the party organisation at the centre and in states right up to the block level and should appear as a sole nucleus of the anti BJP opposition at the national level as individually countering the Modi effect seems to be entirely impossible in the present political scenerio. What do you say, friends?
SUNIL NEGI, PRESIDENT, UTTARAKHAND JOURNALISTS FORUM

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Veteran Congress leader and former union minister Mani Shankar Aiyer who currently stands suspended from the primary membership of the party for using a most unethical word against prime minister Narendra Modi calling him NEECH has though apologised saying that if his statement causes harm to the chances of Congress party in Gujarat elections he is apologetic for his wrong utterances but has done incalculable harm to the chances of the party in Gujarat elections say political analysts.

This is not the first time that arrogant in nature and used to objectionable utterances , he had earlier too used foul language against the BJP stalwart Lal Krishna Advani calling him a, “Laik Insaan lekin naalayak neta,” but later on apologising diplomatically saying that it was because of his little knowledge of Hindi that he couldn’t use the right words and therefore his mistake was unintentional. Mani Shankar Aiyyer may say so but the fact of the matter is he has proved himself less an asset for the Congress party despite his being a chequered diplomat, an intellectual, a staunch party man and a good writer but more a problem as his unethical utterances has not only created unnecessary problems, hiccups and bad name for the party but has also given undue sympathy and anti Congress mileage to the BJP and its leaders.

Arrogance in politics never pays but rather bring bad name and Aiyyer’s bad utterances for top leaders like Lal Krishna Advani and prime minister Narendra Modi has finally invited the wrath of the people of Gujarat as well as the country. Today, prime minister Modi has exploited this issue to the fullest in all his four public meetings addressed by him on the last leg of campaigning and the response from the people was tremendous. Modi connected this insult of his with the pride of Gujarat and Gujaraties and said that calling himm NEECH INSAAN by a veteran Congressman like a former diplomat and a leader of Rahul Gandhi’s party is not his but the entire Gujarat’s insult and degradation.

He even went to the extent of saying that the same Congress leader in the past went to Pakistan and allegedly gave supari there to ensure that he is wiped out of the scene for the harmonious and cohesive maintenance of healthy and cordial Indo Pakistan relations. The political analysts say that whatever little suport Rahul Gandhi had generated for the Congress Party in Gujarat by the dint of his hard work, potential mobilisation, largely attended public meetings, his oratorical speeches and high quality eloquence has been completely washed out by Mani Shankar Aiyyer’s highly uncalled for utterances agaist the prime minister.

And it was because of this that the entire Congress and its Chief Rahul Gandhi were constrained to sideline him fully. Let’s see what comes out on 19th January when the elections results of Gujarat are declared but one thing is for sure that if Congress loses here badly the entire blame will rest on the blunders of the Congress veteran Mani Shankar Aiyyer say the sources. What do you say friends.
SUNIL NEGI

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The dates of polling in Gujarat are nearing.The elections here are scheduled for 9th and 15th December, respectively. During the last five days the prime minister Narendra Modi as well as his bete noire Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi are to address several rallies not to miss any chance of enticing voters towards them at the last moment. Gujarat has been the traditional stronghold, bastion or hub of Bhartiya Janata Party and home turf of prime minister Modi where Modi ruled as its chief minister for more than a decade and the party is ruling for the last 22 protracted long years.

This election however is more a prestige issue for BJP and prime minister Narendra Modi than Congress which has nothing to lose much, already being in the opposition in the state as well as the centre. If the BJP wins as being predicted in majority of the opinion polls, the decisive win will boost the conviction that Modi is still the strongest and undisputable leader of the party who is bound to win the 2019 national elections as well but one thing also looks clear that even if the Congress gets defeated its tally in seats and enhancement in vote share is very much likely and is bound to enhance the prestige and position of Gandhi family scion Rahul Gandhi who is leaving no stone unturned to ensure that the BJP loses in the state. But despite the poll predictions favoring BJP on factors such as Modi pride and polarisation of Hindutva vote all is not well for the BJP on issues such as demonetisation, GST and physically thrashing of the leaders and volunteers of the patidar community and not fufilling the demands of dalits and OBCs despite coming to power on the majority support of these communities since last two decades.

The Patels and the business community of Gujarat involved in the diamond, textile and the powerloom trade including the small and medium traders had been the worst sufferers on account of demonetisation and GST with thousands of powerlooms being closed and about more than 40 thousand workers losing their jobs. The state of Gujarat has witnessed the hugest ever rally of traders against GST castigating BJP government at the centre and state for wrongly implementing them and emphatically demanding its reversal.

Similarly, hundreds of patidars and its leaders were badly thrashed and their dignity hurt when the government registered false and dreaded cases of “Desh droh” etc against them and put them behind bars. The patidars, OBCs and the dalits are also badly disenchanted with the state’ s ruling establishment and their leaders like Hardik, Alpesh and Jignesh has now openly sided with the Congress and its leader Rahul Gandhi to teachBJP a strong lesson.

The increasing tirade of Congress president Rahul Gandhi against Narendra Modi and the state government on various issues like expensive Rafale purchase, increasing unemployment, Amit Shah son’s bank account issue, aftermath ill effects of demonetisation and GST and his largely attended meetings has undoubtedly created ripples in Modi camp and today more than fifty ministers of central and state governments are busy campaigning with the entire state machinery entangled in the anti Rahul Gandhi tirade .

This definitely speaks of the fact that Rahul Gandhi and the leaders of patidar, dalit and OBC communities viz Hardik, Alpesh and Jignesh Bhawani have collectively disturbed and shaken the confidence of the prime minister Modi as well as the national BJP chief Amit Shah who despite opinion poll predictions are taking no risk to leave Gujarat unattended even for a second.

Such fear of the anti BJP parties sends one message loud and clear that even if BJP wins (but) the percentage of votes and seats in the state assembly are bound to decrease and therefore, the party high command is not taking any chances, come what may. However, after the resounding victory of the saffron party in the recently held Uttar Pradesh elections have definitely upped the chances of BJP in Gujarat as every victory do gives a moral booster to the party’s chances in other states.

If we go by the previous record of a year or two, it’s BJP everywhere right from assembly elections of Assam to the municipal elections of UP where it also won the legislative elections resoundingly 8 months ago. Today it’s ruling in 18 states of the country having compelled the Congress go towards political extinction for the time being.
SUNIL NEGI

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The Gujarat election is becoming tumultuous and stormy day by day and despite prime minister Narendra Modi’s impressive public meetings enticing full assurance of support from majority of the electorates on Gujarat pride issue, political analysts say that the 24 year old leader Hardik Patel’s increasing anti BJP and pro Rahul and Congress campaign has to a great extent shaken and politically threatened the state’s BJP leadership.

Though there is not an inkling of doubt that various opinion polls have so far shown BJP winning the Gujarat polls, but as the election date is nearing while Nehru Gandhi scion and Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi and Patidar leader carrying the majority support of over 12% votes of the influensive patidar community Hardik Patel, OBC leader Jignesh and Alpesh Thakor have accelerated their political campaigning and vociferous attacks on the ruling BJP including its top leadership, already facing an anti incumbency factor due to its being in power for the last 19 protracted years the enhanced tirade of the opposition seems to have visibly shaken the state ruling party leadership and it was on 12th November that an alleged morphed CD of Hardik Patel was made available to TV channels by unknown sources to defame his image.

This clearly shows how badly is the state BJP shaken and disturbed. However,  equally visibly upset was the Patidar leader then and  had to become offensive when he accused the state BJP leaders of allegedly planting a morphed sex CD showing somebody like him with a woman to pre strategically denigrate his image. Denying and outrightly rejecting the highly objectionable CD showing him with a woman in an uncompromising act Hardik had accused the BJP of intentionally doctoring it to defame his image, reputation and increasing popularity.

He added that it’s the old tactics and habit of BJP that when they become apprehensive of losing the polls they resort to such cheap and unethical practices to defame their political rivals.The BJP has however, outrightly denied. Similarly, the BJP was in a dock earliar, last month, when prior to this incident, one of Hardik’s associate Narendra Patel has presented a first instalment of wads of currency, Rs ten lakhs, in front of the media given to him by the Gujarat state BJP leaders as a bribe to join the BJP assuring 90 lakhs to be presented later on.

Patel’s exposure has really led to the defamation of the BJP when the state campainging for the election is in a full swing. As the dates of elections are nearing the poll of Gujarat has heated up to the maximum with Rahul Gandhi and his entire team holding good number of public meetings being further strengthened as well, by the anti BJP campaigning of Hardik Patel and OBC leaders’ like Jignesh.

However, the Gujarat election this time too seems to be going in favour of the BJP as political analysts say that come what may the Gujarat pride factor and the freebies delivered and assured by prime minister Narendra Modi and his government to the tune of several thousand crores pertaining to its development and jobs to the weaker sections will definitely bore fruits and help in BJP’s return for another term.

The spate of incessant development in Gujarat during and after Modi’s tenure and his every possible efforts to break into the Patidar vote bank by participating in the Narayanswamy Mutt event which comprises of maximum devotees of the patidar community compounded with giving the Gujaraties a direct flight from London to Ahmedabad and a hi speed bullet train project worth more than Rs.100 crores are some of the revolutionary developmental achievements that are bound to go in BJP’S FAVOUR.

Yes, but the Congress is bound to improve its tally this time due to Rahul’s increasing efforts and anti BJP stance of Hardik, Jignesh and Alpesh Thakur the leaders of Patidar, OBC and the dalit communities. However, whatever, may be the result of this election but one thing is definitely confirmed that despite the Congress facing defeats in several states in the recently held elections, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi has always kept his moral high as a strong and dashing leader of the oldest political party of the country.

His increasing mobilisation capacity and single handedly taking on the ruling party tirades in Gujarat and Himachal despite all odds has proved beyond doubt that the Gandhi family scion is a horse of long race who believes in strugglung relentlessly even if he loses every battle. This fighting spirit of Rahul Gandhi has atleast kept the spirit of the rank and file of the party renewed with enthusiasm and potent zeal that will definitely help the party come to power again at the centre, sooner or later.

SUNIL NEGI

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The Gujarat election which has become a prestige issue more for prime minister Narendra Modi than the Nehru Gandhi family scion and Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi has now assumed tremendous significance, particularly in view of the open declaration of support by the Gujarat’s most popular and well acclaimed 24 year old youth leader of Patidar community Hardik Patel.

Till yesterday, the attitude and temperament of Patel was sort of a zig zag nature as he was not in a position to outrightly decide whether to go with the Congress Party or not. But after the formal entry of the Rajput leader having his say in the Dalit and OBC community as well, Kalpesh Thakur in Congress and sharing joint political stage with Rahul Gandhi compounded with the soft corner of Jignesh Bhavani and perhaps internal pressures from the powerful Patidar community he has finally decided to support the Congress in this election. In view of the the support of Bhivani, Kalpesh and Hardik to Congress in Gujarat it seems for sure that a solid and credible combination of Dalits, Patidars, Rajputs and the OBC would be paving a direct and formidable challenge to the centrally and state ruling party BJP which had been succesful to keep the 135 year od Congress Party out of power in Gujarat for 22 protracted years.

Gujarat election is also significant from the point of view of deciding the future of the 2019 general election in which the Bhartiya Janata Party and Prime minister Narendra Modi are extremely confident of again staging a victory hands down thus compelling the main opposition Congress to bite the dust as declared by Modi and Amit Shah in their number of public meetings. While Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi has emerged as a more dynamic and dashing leader in the context of Gujarat campaigning this time with countering every move of prime minister Narendra Modi by vociferously denouncing him and his government on the issues of demonetisation and GST acknowledging tremendous support and applauds from the audience in largely attended public meetings the BJP chief Amit Shah and PM Modi are trying to win the hearts of Gujaraties by accusing the Congress as anti Gujarat and anti Gujarati MANUSH and terming this election as the election of Gujarati pride and choice between dynasty or development, by announcing various pre election sops worth of rupees 11000 crores that includes massive employment opportunuties apart from the over all development of Gujarat.

These sops are in addition to the already declared over ambitious projects like hi speed bullet train and the completed, long expected Sardaar Sarovar Dam project. This election will also decide the fate of the patidar community leader Hardik Patel who’ve extended his whole hearted support to Congress Party without contesting a single seat but solely banking on the Congress Party’s assurances of giving reservation to the forward patidar community after they return to power in Gujarat.

But how, or will it be really fulfilled is anybody’s guess as the honourable Apex court has already rejected this proposition as the reservation could not exceed the 50% limit legally and constitutionally. However, though internally extremely apprehensive of the growing political influence of Congress leader Rahul Gandhi whose graph on twitter and Gujarat has magically gone on acendense, its leaders like Amit Shah n PM Modi are still highly confident of winning Gujarat keeping in view their spate of previous victories in 9 states out of 14 where elections were held after the BJP’s historic coming to power at the centre.

If political analysts are to be believed the anti incumbency factor majorly plays a pivotal role in each election except in some exceptional cases. And since Bjp is ruling the state for the last nineteen years, it’s not necessary that it can’t loose. The chances of Rahul seems to bright while that of BJP bleak. But if BJP really wins as is undeniable as well, it’s bound to repeat power by winning the 2019 elections, hands dow. What do you say friends?

SUNIL NEGI

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Amid allegations and counter accusations on each other by the the leaders of major contending political parties in Gujrat, the Congress and BJP over delaying the poll dates of Gujarat elections, the poll dates have finally been declared today by the chief Election Commisioner in New Delhi.

The Gujarat elections will be held in two phases. The first phase would be on 9th December, Tuesday on which 89 legislative constituencies would go to poll whereas the second phase polling covering 93 constituencies would go to poll on 14th, Tuesday respectively. Around 4.30 crores voters will go to polls on both the above dates while the counting for votes for Gujarat as well as Himachal and declaration of results would materialise on 18th December.

In the meanwhile the trend of accusations and counter accusations has considerably increased after the declaration of the poll dates in Gujarat with Congress accusing the BJP of pre strategically delaying the poll dates of Gujarat as the party wanted to given the prime minister Modi enough time to declare developmental projects/ election sops for the electorates amounting to over 1600 crores or even more.

The BJP on the other hand countered the allegations as baseless saying that the Congress party and its leaders are a frustrated lot today especially after the various opinion polls declaring them as being badly defeated at the hands of BJP in these state elections. It may be recalled that the Gujarat election has assumed a special significance in view of BJP making it a huge prestige issue, particularly in view of the challenge from the popular 24 year old leader of the patidar community Hardik Patel who’s likely to bend towards Congress with another prominent leader of the Rajput, Dalit and OBC combine Alpesh Thakur already joining the Congress party componded with exposure of state BJP leadership of being involved in corrupt practices viz. making 10 lakh rupees payment as initial instalment to Narendra Patel, associate of Hardik for joining BJP out of a total deal of Rupees one crore.

Moreover, the Nehru Gandhi scion and Congress Vice president Rahul Gandhi is also holding good number of public meetings denouncing demonetisation and GST as anti people, enticing large crowds. The Congress party is out of the power in the state for the last 22 years and the BJP is in power in 14 states while Congress in 4. The Gujarat election seems to be a litmus test for BJP and prime minister Modi that will pave the way for its victory in the 2019 general elections.

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The english version of the book was released in 2016 and was later on translated in many regional languages. One of the best sellers, “Gujarat Files – Leepapoti ka Pardafash” have been brought out for the benefit of the vast Hindi readers of India after its English and South Indian lauguage editions did a bumper sale. The book comprising of the foreword of justice VN Srikrishna from Mumbai has pieces of appreciations from actor and writer Nasruddin Shah and various leading dailies of the country.

Rana Ayub a leading investigating journalist who worked with TEHELKA for a pretty long time had cladestinely changed her name and status for eight months incessantly and risked her life while investigating the antithesis of Gujarat riots, fake encounters and the death of the former Gujarat Home Minister Hiren Pandya.

This interesting read, Gujarat Files is in a way a concrete documentation of the complete investigated details of her deep efforts, commitment and perseverence during her eight month of investigative diggings in the Gujarat administration talking with and interviewing bureaucrats, senior police officers, politicians and people who really mattered with undercover secretive cameras and tape recorders.

Posing herself as Maithili Tyagi, a film producer of American Film Institute Conservatory, Rana Ayub while risking her life interviewed every important police officer and top bureaucrat who were working in Gujarat government from 2001 till 2010. The book based on the recorded versions of these officials caught on secret camera and tape unabiguously exposes their explicit involvement in Gujarat riots that claimed several innocent lives.

Conclusively, Gujarat files is a detailed exposure of brave and courageous woman journalist who left no stone unturned to expose the ugly face of the unholy nexus of politicians, senior police officers and bureaucrats who while deliberately restrained themselves to reveal the truth before the various Enquiry commissions but in cladestine and secretive conversations openly accepted the complicity of those at helm in Gujarat during 2001 to 2010. Costing rupees 295 the book keeps the reader interestingly intact and involved as according to its author the contents of this 210 page Book are entirely true, authentic and without any bias as she possese all the recorded version of the entire story and the transcript. The book has been published by the Gulmohar publication.

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Prime minister Narendra Modi’s Gujarat allegiance and his love for Gujaraties is, these days being acknowleged in real actions in the form of rewards to the inhabitants of the state which he ruled as its Chief Minister for three times in succession and there can’t be the biggest reward ever, than an over ambitious project of worth 108 lakh crores in the form of an extremely hi tech bullet train from Ahmedabad to Mumbai with the financial and technical support of China’s bete noire and India’ s trusted friend Japan. This is not the first time that prime minister Modi has obliged the people of his state with such a precious gift but during his last year’s England sojourn/ tour he gifted the Gujraties with London to Ahmedabad Air India service, as well, that was long awaited.

Therefore, if we say that Gujarat, today is the luckiest state to have Narendra Modi as PM, would not be wrong or statement of over estimation. In addition to this, the Gujarat’s leading entrepreneur and an industrialist who also happens to be his friend and protagonist is also entering into the indeginous production of defence fighter plane with foreign collaboration “SAAB” of Swedan in the near future. There is not an inkling of doubt that though Narendra Modi is the prime minister of the whole country but his attention, allegience and concentration in the development of Gujarat is still on the anvil and in view of the fast approaching Gujarat election he does not want to loose any opportunity and chance to ensure the over all development of Gujarat.

That’s the reason that whether it was the visit of the Chinese president or the premier of Japan, including other heads of countries abroad, he never forgets to take them to his own state under the garb of visiting father of the nation Mahatma Gandhi’s land of birth, the state of Gujarat and his Sabarmati Ashram. Who does not know that after the completion of the highly prosperous Ahmedabad-Mumbai Bullet train project they’ll be primarily Gujarat and Mumbai who’ ll be largely benefitted by this Indo Japanese trade corridor, not the entire country. But prime minister Modi’ s efforts need to be complimented as even after shifting his power centre to Delhi after assuming the significant office of the Prime minister Gujarat and Gujraties are still his prime priority, the state and its affectionate people that helped and blessed him to be its chief minister for a long spell and later on the prime minister of the country by their resounding support.

Election bound Gujarat which happens to be Modi’s home state, in addition to the over-ambitious 108 lakh crore bullet train project will also benefit with Japanese financial and tecnological assistence. An agreement between Japan international coperation agency and the Gujarat maritime board for developing the Alang ship building board besides the establishment of two Industrial Parks have  also been signed between both the countries

In order to counter the One Road One Belt initiatives both India and Japan will also strive to enhance their international cooperation with Asia and Africa with special focus on developing infrastructural projects in which Japan will invest heavily.

What’ seems to be special about the whopping financial aid of 88000 crores to India in the bullet train project is that Japan would charge a negligible interest of merely 0.1% annually which has been highly appreciated by prime minister Modi while addressing a large gathering of people at the inauguration function of this long pending project in Gujarat today.

SUNIL NEGI