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Ignoring denial of permission by the authorities, the Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) is determined to go ahead with its mega rally in Mansa town here on Saturday evening to demonstrate the community's support to young leader Hardik Patel, despite the 'sex CDs' on him - in a big worry for the ruling BJP.
PAAS leader Hardik Patel has said that in spite of the authorities denied them permission, they will be holding a massive 'prestige rally' in Mansa, showcasing the support the group has among the Patidar community.
Patel also claimed that they would "drop a bigger bomb" on the ruling BJP against the recent releases of CDs alleging a sex scandal against him.
After two years of agitation and witnessing many ups and downs, the PAAS has seen recent attacks on Patel over the "sex CDs" which have gone viral on social media. The CDs show Hardik's lookalike or allegedly him with a woman in compromising situation.
The Congress has come out in support of Patel in the CD row. However, the talks between the party and the PAAS leaders in Delhi on Friday seemed to have suffered a setback with the group giving an ultimatum of 24 hours to resolve the reservation imbroglio.
Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani, too, has extended support to Patel.
PAAS leader Atul Patel claimed that permission was cancelled on "flimsy grounds". "The authorities told us that if the meeting is allowed at the location decided by the PAAS, it could create enmity among communities and so the venue should be changed. This is not possible for us," Atul said.
"Come what may, we are not going to change the rally location in Mansa," he added.
Gandhinagar District Superintendent of Police (DSP) Virendra Yadav said: "We have not granted them permission. They want to hold it on the main road. During the election period, we discourage even political parties from holding functions on the main roads, which can cause traffic problems. We have asked them to find another place. If they do so, we can consider their demand for permission," he said.
"If they carry on with the rally without permission, legal action will be initiated," the police officer added.