The agitation over 'Patel quota': High aspirations of numerically and politically influential Patel community resulted in the quota agitation-led by the community youths in Gujarat. The 21-year-old Hardik Patel, 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 government in the state, saying 'lotus will not bloom' if his community is not included in the OBC quota for reservations.

His subsequent detentions by the state government as he refused to leave the venue till Chief Minister Anandiben Patel comes to take his memorandum, led to large scale violence in the state, where his community members resorted to stone pelting, arson and hooliganism. Ten people including a policeman were killed in the riots in the next two days. The state government in response to the agitation denied reservation to Patels citing Constitution, and later in October arrested Hardik and his top aides, and put them behind bars on sedition charges.

GSAT-6 launch:
On 27th August, ISRO successfully launched GSAT-6 using the GSLV D-6 launch vehicle.

Rajasthan civic polls:
BJP won  67 municipal polls: After 'Lalit Modi' controversy in which Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje was under-fire, Rajasthan civic polls were litmus test for her. In much talked about civic polls, Vasundhara Raje once again proved her mettle guiding the party to register victory in the civic polls.

The BJP won 67 out of 129 municipal bodies, whereas the Congress bagged 33 and others registered victory on 18 seats. In the final tally of results, out of 3,351 wards in the civic bodies, including the Ajmer Municipal Corporation, the BJP won 1,443 wards, the Congress 1,164, Independents 703, the NCP 19, the BSP 16, the CPI 5 and the CPM 1 ward.

Naved Yakub and another Pakistan terrorist nabbed:
On August 6, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) arrested Pakistani terrorist Mohammed Naved Yakub alias Usman Khan. He was arrested after a terror attack in Udhampur on August 5. Three others were detained for allegedly helping the Pakistani terrorist of Lashker-e-Toiba, who had ambushed a BSF convoy near Udhampur. Usman was overpowered by villagers after he and a fellow Pakistani terrorist shot dead two Border Security Force (BSF) troopers. 

Another Pakistani terrorist was caught alive on August 27  following a fierce gunfight in Jammu and Kashmir's Baramulla district, making him the second terrorist from Pakistan held this month. The terrorist was identified as Sajjad alias Abu Ubadullah, 22, a resident of Muzaffargarh district of Balochistan, Pakistan. The gunfight started after army intercepted a group of militants in Toot Mar Gali of Nowgam sector in Kupwara. They had sneaked into India from Pakistan. Three separatist guerrillas were killed by the security forces in gunfight.

 

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