Hardik Patel backs Congress after agreement on Patidar quota

Pauline Gross
November 23, 2017

The 24-year-old Patel, who was playing cat and mouse game with the Congress for the last few weeks, declared that his Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) will back the main opposition party after the latter accepted its demand for reservation for the Patel community. He said that Hardik has been "totally exposed today" and claimed the Congress was behind the Patidar quota stir in Gujarat.

"Everything will be reveals clear in front of the people after the survey takes place, althrough the Congress also have to put their reservation formula with brief details in their manifesto", Hardik Patel said.

"I didn't ask for ticket from congress and I am not joining the party".

The first phase of Gujarat Assembly elections for 89 seats will be held on December 9 and for the remaining 93 on December 14. There is no disagreement between the Congress and Patidar leaders.

"Congress has promised that a survey would be carried out among the Patels and other forward communities as per the provisions of the OBC commission, and based on economic, social, educational and employment parameters, those provisions would be used to extend reservation benefits to those communities", he said.

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Hitting out at Hardik Patel for declaring support to Congress, Gujarat Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel said the formula of reservation above the cap set by Supreme Court was something "offered by fools and also accepted by fools".

The PAAS leader accused the BJP of "horse trading" in north Gujarat, saying: "BJP is using tactics as it fears defeat".

On the other hand, chairperson of the Unjha Umiyadham Trust, Vikram Patel, said Hardik was lying and no one from his organisation had been informed or spoken to on the issue.

Late on Monday night, the Gujarat Congress, in an attempt to placate the furious Patidar leaders, released a second list of 13 candidates. Among the four new inductions, there were three from the PAAS.

Calling Hardik "immature", an agitated deputy chief minister said, "We are not doing anything because we are in government".

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