Who is Arjun Modhwadia ?


Twitter page of Arjun Modhwadia describes him as an MLA from Porbandar and current president of Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee. Also inscribed on the left side of his Twitter profile are these words – “To save my land from the clutches of tyrants is the only motivation. I have to keep going on”.

Arjun Modhwadia, the face of Congress in Gujarat, is the 27th president of Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee, elected to the post on March 2, 2011. He was in news recently for his uninhibited tirade against Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi that also included calling him a ‘monkey’. He was also sent a showcause notice by the Election Commission for the same.

Early life and Education

Arjun Modhwadia, aged 55, hails from a humble background as he was born in a village near Porbandar, named Modhwada on 17 February 1957. Having availed his primary education at a government school of the village, he graduated in engineering from Lukhdhirji Engineering College in Morbi.

Modhwadia then entered into the profession of engineering and worked as an assistant engineer with the Gujarat Maritime Board for 10 years.

Political journey

Arjun Modhwadia had started delving in politics from the very days of his university education when he became a senate member of Saurashtra University as a Registered Graduate constituency representative in 1982. Also, in 1988 he became a member of the Executive Council of the University.

But the real plunge in politics was taken by Modhwadia when in 2002, he won an Assembly Election.

The same year, he also became a member of Delimitation Commission of India for Gujarat (Parliamentary and Assembly constituencies). He was also appointed as a member of the Estimate Committee. Modhwadia landed a big role in 2004 when he became the Leader of Opposition in the Gujarat Legislative Assembly. He remained the man at the helm of Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee for quite some time. He was re-elected in 2007 and from 2008-09, he was also the chairman of the media committee and chief spokesperson of the GPCC. And on 2 March 2011, he was selected as the president of the GPCC, and continues to retain the post till now.


Ahmed Patel seeks no position:Arjun Modhwadia


Gujarat Congress President Shri Arjun Modhwadia today ridiculed Gujarat Chief Minister’s remark that Congress should announce Ahmed Patel as candidate for the post of Chief Minister in Gujarat. Shri Modhwadia said the politics of slaves of positions like Modi revolves only around the chair, but Ahmed Patel never ever claimed for any government position in past, and in future too he will not claim any position.

Modhwadia said, Congress is not fighting the 2012 assembly poll for the position of Chief Minister. But it is fighting the polls to reestablish the rights of the people of Gujarat through its 12-point programme which includes 16-hour power, power connection to all farmers, free laptops, free education, free treatment, own home for women, cheaper petrol, 12 gas cylinders, special schemes for dalits, minority, other backward classes, poor people, full wages to government employees, ten lakh new jobs, completion of Narmada project and incentives to small industries.

Modhwadia says BJP is copycat, how true is the charge?


Screenshot of Shri Modhwadia’s tweet

In his latest tweet on Twitter, Gujarat Congress President Shri Arjun Modhwadia’s has described BJP as copycat.

In reference to BJP’s 55 rallies being held today across the state, Shri Modhwadia tweeted late in the evening on Saturday: “Copycat BJP using Congress’s idea by bringing its platoon of leaders to the state at one go… did some1 call bjp innovative?? Lol”

Modhwadia apparently described BJP as copycat because Congress had invited a platoon of its leaders to Gujarat to hold a series of rallies on 10-11 November.

But how credible is Modhwadia’s “copycat” charge?

As per the records available with DeshGujarat in its archives, calling many national leaders to hold rallies across the state at one go is not Congress’s original idea.

Forget 2012, the Gujarat BJP had organized rallies of national leaders across the state at one go as early as in 2007 during the Gujarat assembly election campaign.

On 26 November 2007, Gujarat BJP had used an innovative phrase ‘carpet bombing campaign’ in its official press release to describe the rallies of national leaders, and on 27 November 2007 BJP had organized rallies of Rajnath Singh, Narendra Modi, Purushottam Rupala, Sushma Swaraj, Venkaiya Naidu, Arun Jaitley, Om Mathur, Vinay Katiar, SS Ahluwalia, Sushil Modi, Gopinath Munde, Navjot Siddhu, Smriti Irani, Karuna Shukla, Dharmendra Pradhan, Kalraj Mishra, Rajiv Pratap Rudi, Hukumdev Narayan Yadav, Arjun Munda, Kailash Vijay Vargiya, Smt Kiran Maheshwari, Sumitra Mahajal, Jual ORam, Manvendra Singh, Maya Singh, Prakash Mehta and Feroze Irani.

No need to say anything further on this.

Election Commission issues notice to Arjun Modhwadia


The Election Commission of India has found prima facie case of violation of General Conduct of Model Code of Conduct in Gujarat Congress President Arjun Modhwadia’s remarks against Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi.

The Commission has issued a show cause notice to Arjun Modhwdia and asked him to reply latest by 5.00 pm on 24th November 2012, failing which appropriate actions will be taken against him without any further reference to him.

As per the draft of the notice, Modhwadia has violated the Code of Conduct rule that prohibits personal attacks on the leaders of rival political parties, criticism of all aspects of their private life.

The exact rule is this: Criticism of other political parties, when made, shall be confined to their policies and programme, past record and work. Parties and candidates shall refrain from criticism of all aspects of private life, not connected with the public activities of the leaders of workers of other parties. Criticism of other parties or their workers based on unverified allegations or distortion shall be avoided.”

The notice to Modhwadia has been issued after a complaint from Shri Balkrishna Shukla, General Secretary of Gujarat BJP and Lok Sabha MP in reference to Modhwadia’s speech at public meeting held at Vadodara on 2-11-2012.

As per the CD transcript of that speech, the Election Commission has found following portions objectionable:

“Every morning he asks Dr. Manmohan Singh, come and fight elections against me …. Just as a monkey climbs tree and sitting up on that tree asks the lion standing down on the ground to come up, come up …… Arrey, you will have to come down one day ………..he will not come up …….. he is a lion ……. king of the jungle.”

“Every day he repeats Dr. Manmohan Singh ….. Manmohan Singh………… Manubhai is sitting here …….Manubhai, the fact is that he is infected with rabies…. Manubhai, he has bitten by rabid dog…”

“However Chief Minister, within your life what about your married life? Gujarat knows it. Why don’t you disclose it one day? And why it didn’t work out after marrying …”