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Patidar reservation among demands made by Hardik to support Congress

Sources in the Congress party said Patel sought a maximum number of tickets for Patidar candidates in constituencies where the community has dominant presence

Press Trust of India  |  Ahmedabad 

Patidar reservation among demands made by Hardik to support Congress

Patel quota stir leader has put forward a set of demands before the Congress, including an assurance about reservation for the Patidars in jobs and educational institutions, as a condition for supporting the party in the Assembly polls.

Sources in the said Patel sought a maximum number of tickets for Patidar candidates in constituencies where the community has dominant presence.


The 24-year-old spearhead of 'Patidar Anamat Andolan', during his talks with Congress' in-charge for yesterday sought greater representation of politically influential Patels, who hitherto backed the BJP, in the party's organisational set up, they said.

Patel, sources said, termed the representation of in the Congress' organisational structure in as "minimal".

The Patidar community leader pitched for constitutional protection to the provision of reservation for them so as to preclude a judicial review.

"Had a good meeting with and his colleagues," Gehlot tweeted last night.

Patel, who is not eligible to contest either an Assembly or Lok Sabha election the minimum age for which is 25 years, also told mediapersons that he had gone to a hotel here to meet Gehlot, a former Rajasthan chief minister, and present his demands before the

Alpesh Thakor, a prominent backward class leader and 'Kshatriya Thakor Sena convenor', had joined the Congress in the presence of its vice president Rahul Gandhi yesterday.

Roping in Patel's organisation may further bolster the Congress' efforts to retake from the BJP, which has ruled the state without a break for over 22 years now.

Speculation was rife yesterday that Patel had also met Rahul Gandhi, who was present inside the hotel when he was holding talks with Gehlot.

Patel, who had denied having met Gandhi yesterday, said today he will meet the Congress leader during his next tour of the state.

TV channels aired CCTV footage from outside the 5 star hotel which showed Patel entering and leaving the hotel.

Soon after the footage was released, Gehlot tweeted that Patel had come to meet him, and in a series of posts on the microblogging website accused the of snooping on them.

"The rooms which hv been booked in my name are being checked. We are openly saying, we have met them n will keep meeting them in future too," he said.

"Why CCTV footage was taken by IB n police from Hotel? Is the right to privacy, sole proprietorship of JayAmitShah?" Gehlot said in another tweet.

Hardik alleged in a tweet: "is expert in snooping. They used to snoop on Sanjay Joshi (leader) and now they are snooping on me."

The has been calling Patel an "agent" of the Congress who was trying to "mislead" people of his community.

Congress spokesman Manish Doshi said was told that, if voted to power, a survey would be conducted to provide reservation to the community without touching the 49 per cent quotas for the Scheduled Castes, Schedule Tribes and Other Backward Classes.

He said Patel was also assured that action would be taken against police officials who committed "atrocities" against Patidars during their quota stir in August 2015. Doshi said an assurance was also made to him that the kin of those who were killed during the agitation will be adequately compensated.

Ten people had been killed in police action when the quota stir turned violent.

First Published: Tue, October 24 2017. 20:20 IST
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