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Gujarat

Reward for Amit Shah

IN electing Amit Shah as its president, the Bharatiya Janata Party seems to have lost sight of its special responsibilities as a ruling party at the Centre. There are many sides to Mr. Shah, but the BJP Central Parliamentary Board chose not to look beyond his organisational skills, and his success as the political strategist for Uttar Pradesh in the 2014 Lok Sabha election. An accused in the case of the extrajudicial killings of Sohrabuddin Sheikh and Tulsiram Prajapati,...

BJP's Mr. Dependable Amit Shah faces litmus test

FROM the moment his name was floated as a candidate for BJP president, it was all over bar the shouting. With Amitbhai Anilchandra Shah's elevation to the highest party post, the BJP looks more impregnable than ever before. The choice of Mr. Shah signals a change in dynamics within the party. We have seen various permutations and combinations of the party chief-prime minister equation. In the earlier NDA, Atal Bihari Vajpayee was the boss, the party chiefs were lightweights....

Modi set to resign as Gujarat leader

Modi set to resign as Gujarat leader

India's Prime Minister-elect Narendra Modi is due to step down as the chief minister of western Gujarat state. Modi, who has ruled Gujarat for 12 years, led his BJP party to a landslide win in the recent election and will take the oath of office as India's new prime minister on 26 May. Anandiben Patel,...

Obama hails India polls

Obama hails India polls

US President Barack Obama on Monday hailed India's massive general election and pledged to work closely with the next government in New Delhi. "India has set an example for the world in holding the largest democratic election in history, a vibrant demonstration of our shared values of diversity and freedom," Obama said in a...

Narendra Modi votes in Indian polls

Narendra Modi votes in Indian polls

Narendra Modi, the man tipped to be India's next PM, has voted in his home state of Gujarat in the seventh phase of the general election. He cast his vote at a school in the city of Ahmedabad. All 26 seats are up for grabs in the state. Transport hubs in the city are bursting...

India's Hero to set up motorbike plant

India's Hero to set up motorbike plant

Hero MotoCorp, India's largest motorbike maker, is set to build a manufacturing plant in Bangladesh with a plan to invest $40 million in the next five years. “We are launching the full-fledged manufacturing facility in the country as part of our global expansion strategy,” Pawan Munjal, managing director of Hero MotoCorp, told The Daily Star yesterday. The company will set up its first-ever overseas manufacturing plant in Jessore by 2015, under a joint venture agreement signed with Bangladesh's Nitol Niloy Group yesterday. Hero will hold a 55 percent stake in the joint venture and the Bangladeshi partner the rest, Munjal said, adding that the motorbikes will sell under the Hero brand. The total...

Indian Polls Campaign

Modi uses Hindu migration issue

Modi uses Hindu migration issue

Bharatiya Janata Party's prime-ministerial candidate Narendra Modi yesterday raised the issue of “illegal migration” from Bangladesh during his election campaign and drew a distinction between Bangladeshis and Hindu Bangalees. Addressing an election rally in Assam state's Bongaigaon, which shares a border with Bangladesh, he blamed India's ruling Congress for indulging in “vote-bank politics”. He claimed that it was due to that Bangladeshis were given importance in Assam while Hindu Bangalees, who had to flee Bangladesh following atrocities, were neglected. "Why are Hindu Bangalees from Bangladesh not given the right to be Indians? Why are they still D [doubtful] voters in the country and are forced to stay in camps? Is this not...

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