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Gujarat polls: Patidar leader claims 'fixing' between Hardik Patel, Cong

Bambhania's open rebellion against Patel came a day ahead of the first phase of polling in Saurashtra and south Gujarat

Press Trust of India  |  Ahmedabad 

Dalits and sections of Patidar youth, led by Hardik Patel (above), may have a common enemy in the ruling party and government for now. BS photo
Dalits and sections of Patidar youth, led by Hardik Patel (above), may have a common enemy in the ruling party and government for now. BS photo

Hardik Patel's key aide and senior member of Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) Dinesh Bambhania today alleged that the quota agitation spearhead's support to the party smacks of some kind of "fixing" between them.

Bambhania said he could not understand why was supporting the party, despite it not clarifying how it would give reservation to the community if voted to power.

"In the poll manifesto, the has not clarified how it would grant us reservation under after coming to power in Gujarat. It shows that Congress actually never wanted to give us reservation. Yet, is doing rallies in Congress' favour," he told reporters here.

"Though there is no clarity how we will get reservation under OBC quota, Hardik is mum about it. It seems like fixing to me. Our fight was not about bringing a party to power. At least I do not wish to be an agent of a party. Hardik should not politicise the agitation," he added.

"Hardik is playing into the hands of Congress in the name of the movement. Hardik is using the agitation for political purposes and I am totally against it. I urge all the Patidars to use their wisdom when they go for voting tomorrow," Bhambania said.

Bambhania's open rebellion against came a day ahead of the first phase of polling in Saurashtra and south Gujarat.

Commenting on Patel's purported sex tapes, Bambhania indicated that only one CD can be morphed, not all.

"Hardik is seen as an icon. Patidars are having very high hopes from him. One CD can be morphed, but, when so many CDs came out, it does not suit a man who is the leader of a community. I am deeply pained by the entire episode," he said.

Bambhania claimed he was still with and said he was not joining the BJP.

"Neither am I against Hardik, nor I am leaving I am also not joining BJP. My only contention is that Hardik has failed to pressure the Congress to accept our demand as agreed earlier between both and Congress," he added.

First Published: Sat, December 09 2017. 09:42 IST