ASSEMBLY ELECTIONS 2007

  • Modi expands Cabinet | Turns God for Gujaratis January 4, 2008

    Ahmedabad: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Friday inducted 18 Ministers, including 10 fresh faces, into his twotier ministry. Among those who were given Cabinet rank included old hands like Vaju Vala, Narrotam Patel, Anandiben Patel, Ramanlal Vora and Mangubhai Patel. Fresh faces in the Cabinet were Nitin Patel, Dilip Singhani,...
  • Modi goes beyond Gujarat, wins hearts in Delhi too December 29, 2007

    New Delhi: Riding high on a landslide victory, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi arrived in New Delhi on Friday to a rousing welcome. The reception he received flowers, flags and cheers was an indication of the role the firebrand leader is expected to play when Delhi goes to...
  • Maut ka saudagar remark isn't what hurt Cong: Modi December 27, 2007

    Gandhinagar: Did Sonia Gandhi's maut ka saudagar (merchants of death) remark damage the Congress in the Gujarat Assembly elections? Narendra Modi, who emerged the undisputed victor, does not share the view that the remark, which has been the subject of much debate in political circles and media, had hurt the Congress. "The...
  • Modi calls on Keshubhai, seeks his blessings December 26, 2007

    Ahmedabad: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi met his arch rival and senior BJP leader Keshubhai Patel at his residence on Tuesday evening and took his blessings. Modi, who took his third consecutive oath as the Chief Minister at the Sardar Patel Stadium on Tuesday afternoon, met Keshubhai to seek his blessings...
  • BJP's old and new unite to anoint Modi as CM December 25, 2007

    Ahmedabad: Narendra Modi, who powered BJP to a spectacular victory in the Gujarat Assembly elections, was sworn in as Chief Minister of the state for the third consecutive term on Tuesday. A day after Modi said how can the child be bigger than the mother, referring to himself and the BJP,...
  • BJP unites to cheer as Modi takes charge December 25, 2007

    New Delhi: It's time for Narendra Modi's crowning glory after his landslide victory in the Assembly elections. Two days after Modi led the BJP to a resounding victory in the polls winning 117 of the 182 seats, the twotime Gujarat Chief Minister and BJP's poster boy was sworn in as CM...
  • Time to show largeheartedness, says Modi December 25, 2007

    Gandhinagar: Narendra Modi on Tuesday debunked the view that he was 'bigger' than the BJP, his 'mother', after his resounding victory. A day after his triumph in the Assembly elections, he also appeared to reach out to the party rebels who had failed in their bid to check him. An emotioncharged...
  • Sonia above all wrong despite Gujarat defeat: Cong December 25, 2007

    New Delhi: While the Congress is foggy and grappling for reasons for its debacle in Gujarat Assembly elections, it's clear about one thing party chief Sonia Gandhi can do no wrong. The crowds at Sonia's rally and Rahul's roadshows had raised hopes of a Congress victory in the state, but...
  • In victory, Modi's heart goes out to BJP rebels December 24, 2007

    Ahmedabad: After a resounding victory, Narendra Modi is adopting a statesman like approach. Almost turning emotional in front of his newlyelected MLAs, he made an attempt to reach out to all rebels and dissidents. "We should build bridges with those who are annoyed with us and then work together," he said....
  • IBNLive Chat: 'Authoritarian streak, but Modi delivers' December 24, 2007

    New Delhi: Gujarat has given its verdict it's a resounding victory for Narendra Modi. With the stunning victory, Modi has overcome antiincumbency factor, internal dissidence and, more importantly, ghosts of the past. How does one explain this Modi wave? What is it that gives Modi such an iconic image?...
  • Modi elected leader of BJP legislature party December 24, 2007

    New Delhi: The newlyelected BJP MLAs of Gujarat met in Gandhinagar and elected Modi as the leader of the BJP legislature party on Monday. Modi is expected to meet the Governor to stake claim to form government. He is to take oath of office tomorrow. Modi is to meet his...
  • Time for Modi to build an inclusive Gujarat: NRIs December 24, 2007

    London: Nonresident Indians in Britain, led by the powerful and wealthy Gujarati business community, want Narendra Modi to heal the scars of antiMuslim violence in Gujarat and help build an inclusive state in his third stint as Chief Minister. "With this further term, we hope he will work towards building a...
  • For BJP, Modi win can be a doubleedged sword December 24, 2007

    New Delhi: Once again the Moditva wave rules in Gujarat and the voters choice is Narendra Modi, who is all set to become the Chief Minister for the third time. It was a remarkable victory for Modi, a canteen boy from Vadnagar in northern Gujarat, who retained the reins...
  • Pics: Hindutva's poster boy is Guj's Common Man December 24, 2007

    Hinduvtas poster boy Narendra Modi on Sunday led the BJP to a resounding victory in the state. Here's all the action from ground zero and elsewhere. ...
  • We will form a stable govt at the Centre: Modi December 24, 2007

    New Delhi: Narendra Modi has led the BJP to a spectacular victory in the Gujarat Assembly polls. On Sunday everyone was a fair target for Modi. His first swipe was at the Election Commission, that also had a glancing blow at Congress President Sonia Gandhi. We expect EC to be non...
  • Anatomy of Modi wave: Why is he invincible? December 24, 2007

    Modis stunning victory in Gujarat has all the elements of a classical Indian style electoral wave. It levelled the usual political divisions of the state: different political regions, urban centres as well as rural hinterland and different phases of polling behaved in a similar fashion. Barring a part of central...
  • Brand Modi conquers Guj, next stop Delhi December 24, 2007

    Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, Hinduvtas poster boy, on Sunday led the BJP to a spectacular victory in the state, crushing the Congress and catapulting himself firmly on the national political stage. A triumphant Narendra Modi thanked the people of the state for once again reposing faith in him and appealed...
  • EC snubs me but not 'Italian daughter', says Modi December 24, 2007

    New Delhi: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday charged the Election Commission with double standard for its caution to him on his remarks about the killing of Sohrabuddin Sheikh in a fake encounter while sparing Congress chief Sonia Gandhi the same for her "merchant of death" utterances. "One notice for...
  • Rule Gujarat, but leave us in peace: Muslims tell Modi December 24, 2007

    Ahmedabad: Gujarat's Muslims on Sunday welcomed, albeit mutedly, Chief Minister Narendra Modi's victory in the Assembly elections, hoping for continued peace and economic development over the next five years. The community is happy because there has been no largescale violence during the last five years, said Amin Sayyed, a community leader...
  • Team BJP pats superstar Modi but cautions him too December 23, 2007

    New Delhi: The BJP on Sunday gave full credit to Chief Minister Narendra Modi for his success in the Gujarat assembly elections but also reminded him that he was not bigger than the party. "Team BJP fought the elections with vigour and Modi has emerged as the Man of the Match....
  • Dejected Cong says calculations went horribly wrong December 23, 2007

    New Delhi: A dejected Congress party on Sunday conceded defeat in the Gujarat assembly election, saying Chief Minister Narendra Modi's victory was a remarkable achievement. "We are deeply disappointed with the Gujarat results," Science and Technology Minister Kapil Sibal, speaking on behalf of his party, said. "Our confidence was misplaced. While we...
  • Gujarati Americans hail Modi, mum on communal taint December 23, 2007

    New York: Gujarati NRIs in the US have welcomed BJP and Chief Minister Narendra Modis landslide victory in the state Assembly elections and view him as a good administrator under whom Gujarat is expected to continue its progress march. "We welcome Modi's poll victory and support him because he has done...
  • BJP MLAs to elect Modi their leader on Monday December 23, 2007

    New Delhi: The newly elected BJP MLAs in Gujarat are meeting in Gandhinagar on Monday to elect Narendra Modi as the leader of the Legislature Party, paving the way of his becoming the Chief Minister for the third time. The Parliamentary Board, the highest decision making body of BJP, cleared...
  • Rebel bubble bursts for Cong | The losers December 23, 2007

    Rajkot (Gujarat): Former Gujarat chief minister, senior BJP leader and lead rebel against Narendra Modi, Keshubhai Patel put his entire political career of several decades on stake on this election. His aim was to swing to the crucial Patel vote away from Modi and riding with him were other discontented...
  • 2002 still etched in memory as Godhra votes for Cong December 23, 2007

    Godhra/ Naroda Patia: The two places worst affected by the 2002 riots had different stories to tell. Godhra went to the Congress, while the BJP won Naroda Patia. The Hindus of Godhra are thrilled and Kakul Pathak is no different. He has been smiling ever since Narendra Modi reached the...
  • People of Gujarat fought for BJP, not me: Modi December 23, 2007

    Ahmedabad: A beaming Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday thanked the 55 million Gujaratis for BJP's thumping win in the Assembly elections and termed his victory as a positive vote. Fresh from his impressive electoral victory, Modi attacked the Congress saying the party instead of accepting the people's mandate has...
  • Modi thumps his 56inch chest with Gujarat win December 23, 2007

    Ahmedabad: Political pundits had said the Gujarat Assembly elections were a referendum on Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi. By that yardstick he has wonresoundingly. The BJP won 117 seats in the 182member Assembly, slightly less than the 127 it got in 2002 at the height of communal riots, to return...
  • Cong leaders protect Sonia from blame of loss December 23, 2007

    New Delhi: The winner has taken it all and the Congress's dream of return to power after 12 years in wilderness remains just that, a dream. Despite Congress President Sonia Gandhi as the star and being projected as Narendra Modi's main opponent, the party's percieved strength became its fatal weakness...
  • At the end of the day, it's worked for Modi December 23, 2007

    Ahmedabad: Just 90 minutes into counting of votes in the battle for Gujarat, Narendra Modi's 56 inch chest got wider. He will now be Chief Minister for another five years. Modi's combination of a development agenda, dumping as many as 40 sitting MLAs, taking on rebels and ignoring potential allies...
  • Modi back in business is good business: Guj Inc December 23, 2007

    Mumbai: Even as Gujarat awaited its future leader, the Gujarati business community all over the world and especially in Mumbai kept a close watch over the results. Industries Association Vice President Ajay Modi says, The Gujarati Community is number one in the world today. Their confidence has increased a lot...