Gordhan Zadafia

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Gordhan Zadafia
Minister for Home and Security and Police Housing (Independent Charge) In Tenth Gujarat Legislative Assembly, 1998-2002.
Personal details
Born 20th June, 1954 (age 62)
Gariadhar, Gujarat, India
Nationality Indian
Political party Bharatiya Janata Party
Spouse(s) Leelaben
Education B.Sc., M.P.A. (Master of Public Administration), Diploma in Marketing Management

Gordhan Zadafia is an Indian politician from Gujarat state. He was a leader in Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) for 15 years before joining Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) at the behest of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) leadership.[1]

He served as the General Secretary of BJP in Ahmedabad city and was elected as a member of the Gujarat Legislative Assembly during 1995–97 and 1998–2002. He was a Minister of State for Home and Security and Police Housing (Independent Charge) during 2001-2002 in the state Government of Gujarat led by Narendra Modi.[2]

He was accused of involvement in the 2002 Gujarat riots. Following a break with Narendra Modi after 2002, he pursued other political parties, competing against the BJP, but eventually rejoined the BJP in 2014.

Political career[edit]

Zadafia was a close associate of the VHP chief Praveen Togadia in the Gujarat unit of VHP. He is reported to have been inducted as a Minister in the Modi cabinet as a sop to the latter for his support of Modi's Chief Ministership.[3] Zadafia is accused of involvement in the 2002 Gujarat riots by posting police officers sympathetic to VHP in strategic positions and accused of helping unleash violence.[4] He transferred police officers such as Rahul Sharma.[5] On his orders, police raided refugee camps claiming that they housed rioters.[5][6]

After the December 2002 elections, Narendra Modi dropped him from the Cabinet to signal a break with the Vishwa Hindu Parishad.[3] Zadafia subsequently floated a new political party, Mahagujarat Janata Party (MJP) during the 2007 assembly elections in Gujarat, later merged into the Gujarat Parivartan Party of former chief minister Keshubhai Patel.

During the 2012 assembly elections, Togadia and VHP activists campaigned hard for the Gujarat Parivartan Party against the BJP. Despite all efforts, Zadafia and his whole team lost the 2012 elections. The VHP support for Zadafia ended up strengthening Narendra Modi's anti-hardline Hindutva image.[7]

The Supreme Court-appointed Special Investigation Team (SIT) questioned Zadafia thrice regarding his role in the 2002 riots. Following reports that SIT had found evidence against him and senior police officers, it was reported that Zadafia was inclined to testify against Modi. Following pressure from RSS leaders, Zadafia refrained from such a move.[8]

On February 24, 2014, Zadafia rejoined the BJP and merged the Gujarat Parivartan Party into it.[9]


  1. ^ Jose 2012, Sec. VII.
  2. ^ "Gujarat Assembly membership records". 
  3. ^ a b Marino 2014, p. 165.
  4. ^ "History of how Modi and Togadia fell out". Times of India. 22 Apr 2014. Retrieved 26 Aug 2014. 
  5. ^ a b Bunsha 2014.
  6. ^ Mari Marcel Thekaekara (12 May 2002). "The Survivors Speak". The Hindu. Retrieved 28 Aug 2014. 
  7. ^ Sanjay Singh (2 Apr 2013). "How Modi cut Togadia down to size in Gujarat". Firstpost. Retrieved 28 Aug 2014. 
  8. ^ "RSS telling Zadaphia not to testify against Modi: Sources". Times of India. 5 Sep 2010. Retrieved 28 Aug 2014. 
  9. ^ "Gordhan Zadaphia back in BJP; in-house threat for Modi is over". Firstpost. 24 Feb 2014. Retrieved 28 Aug 2014.