06 August, 2021

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

Who’s Who
Gujarat BJP chief Vijay Rupani, Amit Shah and Anandiben Patel
Photograph by PTI
A Blue Riddle For The Shah Of Saffron
  • 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.


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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