Patel Quota stir
High aspirations of numerically and politically influential Patel community resulted in the quota agitation in the state which was led by community youths. 21-year-old Hardik, after organising many small rallies in different parts of the state, held a massive rally in Ahmedabad on August 25 and openly challenged the BJP state government saying 'lotus will not bloom', if his community is not included in the OBC quota for reservations.
Flood-like situation in Gujarat
The state also witnessed heavy rains in some districts resulting in flood-like situation and loss of lives and property during the monsoon, but many other districts received deficient rain which increased the agrarian distress caused by scarce rains in the previous year.
Top cops arrest in encounter cases
During the year, senior policemen arrested in various infamous encounter cases, including D G Vanzara and ADGP P P Pandey, were released from jail on bail and most of them were reinstated to the service. IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt, who had taken on BJP government over 2002 riots, was, however, dismissed from service. The Gujarat High Court gave rulings in favour of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the two cases of alleged poll code breach and affidavit for 2012 elections.
Municipal Corporations polls
In the polls of six municipal corporations, 52 municipalities, 31 district panchayats and 230 taluka panchayats which were held in November and result announced on December 2, Congress made a resounding comeback by winning most of the district and taluka panchayats in rural areas, while the BJP managed to retain six municipal corporations and won 40 out of 52 municipalities. Congress, which has not managed to win any substantial elections in the state in the last 20 years, saw this result as a stepping stone for the 2017 state assembly polls.
Agrarian issues due to scanty rainfall
Scanty rains led to farm-related issues like lack of water for irrigation, less crop production and drinking water and fodder crisis in some parts of Saurashtra and Kutch during the summer. At the same time, state witnessed unprecedented rains in districts of Gir Somnath, Amreli and Bhavnagar in Saurashtra region on June 24 in which more than 70 people lost their lives. While, North Gujarat districts of Banaskantha and Kutch received heavy rains in the last week of July which resulted in deaths of 75 persons. However, many other districts of the state received very less rainfall then average.
Bidding of Modi's monogrammed suit
Modi's famous pinstripe monogrammed suit that he wore during US President Barack Obama's visit to India in January witnessed intense bidding during a three-day auction held in Surat from February 18. The suit was purchased for Rs 4.31 crore by Surat based diamond trader Lalji Patel.
Indian Coast Guard DIG embroiled in controversy over Pakistan fishing vessel
Indian Coast Guard (ICG) DIG B K Loshali created a nationwide controversy when he claimed in February at Surat that he had ordered to blow off the Pakistan fishing vessel carrying explosives in high seas on 31 December 2014, a claim which was contrary to official stand of the government. Coast Guard this month sacked him after a Board of Inquiry found him guilty.
World's first solar-powered plane
Another controversy of huge magnitude was created when the world's first solar-powered plane after making a landing in Ahmedabad did not get the clearance by the Customs Department to fly forward for over a week in March.
Gujarat Assembly passed renamed version of anti-terror legislation
The Gujarat assembly in March passed the renamed version of most stringent anti-terror legislation of the country, Gujarat Control of Terrorism and Organised Crime Bill (GCTOC) bill. The bill had been rejected thrice by the earlier president and it is at present pending for presidential assent with Pranab Mukherjee.
Two BJP leaders shot dead
In November, two BJP leaders of Bharuch district including senior RSS member Shirish Bangali, were shot dead in that city, following which involvement of absconding accused of Mumbai bomb blast Javed Chikna's emerged in the investigations. The case has been handed over the NIA.
Count of Asiatic Lions increased
On a positive note, the latest census done in May of last surviving Asiatic Lions in Gir sanctuary and its surrounding areas, had revealed that their figure has increased to 523 in 2015 from 411 when they were counted in 2010. The census of lions is conducted every five years.
Bi-annual Vibrant Gujarat Summit
Also in January, Gujarat government's bi-annual Vibrant Gujarat Summit was also organised here where world business leaders converged including important minister of various countries like UN General Secretary Ban Ki-Moon and US Secretary of State John Kerry and Modi hosted them here. After the two day's summit, Gujarat Chief Minister Patel had announced that more than 21,000 MoUs were signed which will bring in investments of Rs 25 lakh crore to the state.
Patel Quota stir