'Ditched' by close friends, Hardik Patel dissolves PAAS core committee

Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti convener Hardik Patel said Congress will introduce a bill in the Gujarat Assembly for the reservation if they win the forthcoming elections

Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti convener Hardik Patel said Congress will introduce a bill in the Gujarat Assembly for the reservation if they win the forthcoming elections

The Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) convener Hardik Patel (C) speaks during a press conference in Ahmedabad yesterday.

The Congress formula to give reservations to Patidars including OBC and non-reserved categories will change the Gujarat game.

In response, Gujarat's deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel said the agreement showed a two-year-old nexus between the two.

He insisted that the Constitution nowhere said more than 50 per cent reservations could not be given.

The development has highlighted how politics prevailed on the issue of reservation on both the sides - Hardik and the ruling BJP - as the stands taken by both are contrary to their previous stance on the issue.

"My fight in Gujarat is against the BJP and that is why we will directly or indirectly support Congress (in the elections) as it has accepted our demand for reservation", Hardik told reporters in Ahmedabad.

The Hardik Patel-led Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) and the opposition Congress have declared they have reached a compromise regarding the Patidar community's demand for quota in government jobs and educational institutions.

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Hardik said if the Congress comes to power, it will conduct a proper survey for providing reservation.

Gujarat Congress sources said there was no pressing need for a Hardik-Rahul meeting as all of them were working together.

He claimed that since 1994, many states, including Gujarat, had given quotas beyond 50 per cent and in states as Tamil Nadu and Karnataka such reservation had been in existence for 15 to 17 years.

Even though the Patel community, which makes up for 14 percent of Gujarat's voters, had been supporting the BJP for decades, Hardik has now made it clear that the BJP's lack of support to their demands will hinder their chances in the elections.

However, the 23-year-old refrained from saying that his outfit would openly support the Congress.

Sibal merely said that his party's suggestions on providing quotas to Patidars in poll-bound Gujarat was "as per the Constitution".

There were allegations of infighting within PAAS over tickets soon after the Congress released its first list. He does not know anything about the Constitution. The law of the land is very clear and that is laid down by the Supreme Court and only last week in the Rajasthan case it has been reaffirmed that the 50 per cent cap can not be breached.

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