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A Blue Riddle For The Shah Of Saffron

How reservation and Dalit outrage against atrocities affect comings and goings in the state’s ruling party

A Blue Riddle For The Shah Of Saffron
Who’s Who | Photograph by PTI
A Blue Riddle For The Shah Of Saffron
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2016-08-05T22:00:43+05:30
  • Her Stand: Anandiben was against ­conceding the Patidars’ demand for ­reservation as OBCs in jobs and education.
  • The Humiliation: Amit Shah and V. Rupani were at her side when they ­announced 10 per cent reservation to EBCs.
  • Her Plans: She had said earlier she won’t ­contest the 2017 assembly election, but ­recently told her inner circle that she might.

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In May 2014, as prime minister-elect, an emotional Narendra Modi bid farewell to the Gujarat assembly in Gandhinagar with words of reflection and hope. To the MLAs of his state, Modi had said back then: “My success lies in how you take forward this journey of development. And I am confident that Gujarat will surge ahead after me.” Unfortunately for the BJP, Modi’s Gujarat model, craf­ted over a long time and sold with gusto to the world, now lies in tatters. To be precise, it took just two years and three months after his...

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