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Gujarat new chief minister Vijay Rupani, deputy CM Nitin Patel being garlaned by BJP president Amit Shah, Union minister Nitin Gadkari and Purushottam Rupala after a meeting at Gujarat BJP headquarters ‘Kamlam’ at Gandhinagar on Friday. Photo: PTI
Gujarat new chief minister Vijay Rupani, deputy CM Nitin Patel being garlaned by BJP president Amit Shah, Union minister Nitin Gadkari and Purushottam Rupala after a meeting at Gujarat BJP headquarters ‘Kamlam’ at Gandhinagar on Friday. Photo: PTI

Political wrap: Vijay Rupani new Gujarat CM, Nitin Patel deputy

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Vijay Rupani named Gujarat chief minister

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday named Vijay Rupani, a senior Gujarat minister, as the 16th chief minister of the state.

Acknowledging the influence of the Patel community, the BJP named Nitin Patel as deputy chief minister. Both Rupani and Nitin Patel were front runners to replace Anandiben Patel, who resigned as chief minister this week. The decision was taken at a meeting of legislative party members attended by BJP president Amit Shah and Anandiben Patel. Read More.

How Vijay Rupani pipped Nitin Patel to become Gujarat chief minister

In a surprise decision, BJP state unit chief Vijay Rupani, a Amit Shah loyalist, was on Friday chosen as the new chief minister of Gujarat to succeed Anandiben Patel, pipping Nitin Patel who was considered a sure pick for the top job in the poll-bound state.

Nitin Patel, seen as the front-runner for the top slot after Anandiben offered to resign, was made deputy chief minister. It is for the first time that Gujarat will have a deputy chief minister. Read More

AAP govt to move SC in a week, challenging HC order on who runs Delhi

The Delhi government told the Supreme Court on Friday that the Delhi High Court ruling holding the Lieutenant-Governor (L-G) as the administrative head of the state will be challenged before the apex court within a week.

The issue came up when a bench comprising justices A.K. Sikri and N.V. Ramana were hearing a suit filed by the Delhi government in June seeking a declaration from the court on Delhi’s statehood. Read More

Una flogging: Dalits begin yatra, seek ‘azadi’ from bias

Seeking “azadi" from caste-based discrimination, around 50 Dalits and members of civil rights groups Friday started a 400-km yatra to Una in Gir Somnath district where seven Dalits were attacked by “gau rakshaks" while skinning a dead cow on 11 July.

The 10-day Dalit Asmita Yatra began from Ambedkar Chowk at Vejalpur in Ahmedabad district. The participants would converge in Una town on August 15 to hoist the Tricolour on the occasion of Independence Day. Read More

Assam killings: What is the NDFB(S)?

Terror reared it head once again in Assam on Friday afternoon. Gunmen opened fire at a busy market in the town of Kokrajhar, killing at least 14 people and injuring 20. According to news reports, security agencies suspect the attack was the handiwork of the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (Songbijit), or NDFB(S) faction.

What is the NDFB(S) and what are its demands? And who is Songbijit? Also, what distinguishes it from the 30-plus insurgent groups operating in the state? Read More

Putting Dalit politics back on track: To reach out, Maharashtra BJP widens OBC quota net

The Maharashtra government has raised the ‘creamy layer’ criterion for Other Backward Classes (OBCs) from the present annual salary of 4.5 lakh to 6 lakh. chief minister Devendra Fadnavis made the announcement in the state legislature Friday. This easing of the salary bar for OBC reservations would bring more backward class aspirants for government jobs and education inside the reservation net. Read More

Mumbai to be made ‘WiFi city’ with 1200 hotspots: CM Fadnavis

Mumbai will be turned into a ‘WiFi city’ complete with 1,200 hot spots, under an ambitious smart city mega-project by 1 May 2017. The process of setting up 500 of these hot spots would be completed by November this year, CM Devendra Fadnavis said in the Assembly on Friday. Read More

As parties gear up for UP polls, SP’s campaign yet to gather momentum

With less than a year to go for the Uttar Pradesh assembly election, all the major parties in the state have kicked off their campaigns, barring the ruling Samajwadi Party (SP).

While Prime Minister Narendra Modi has visited the state on 13 occasions in the past 14 months, Congress president Sonia Gandhi kicked off her poll campaign with a roadshow in Varanasi on Tuesday. The Bahujan Samaj Party’s (BSP) chief Mayawati will be holding two rallies in Agra and Azamgarh next month.

Meanwhile, the SP hasn’t announced any major rally by its leaders. Read More

Jayalalithaa announces e-procurement of paddy

Tamil Nadu chief minister J. Jayalalithaa on Friday announced the e-procurement of paddy at an expense of 13.43 crore to address “systemic deficiencies" that affect farmers at Direct Paddy Procurement Centres (DPPCs). Read More

CPM Lines Up Pan-India Campaign Against Didi

After its worst electoral drubbing in Bengal polls, the CPM has launched a nation-wide campaign to project Mamata Banerjee as an anti-democratic political force. The CPM politburo, which met for the last time in Delhi for two days from 30 July, has decided to observe Solidarity Week from 1 August across the country to project Mamata as an undemocratic political force and to express solidarity with the Bengal chapter of the party, which is fighting hard to maintain its existence in the political atlas of Bengal under the Mamata Banerjee regime. Read More

(Dharani Thangavelu from Chennai, Abhiram Ghadyalpatil from Mumbai, Maulik Rajnikant Pathak from Ahmedabad, Soumonty Kanungo from Kolkata also contributed to the wrap.)

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