Hardik will support Congress in Gujarat

Sakal Times
Friday, 3 November 2017

The Congress hasn’t met that demand, but Hardik Patel, back in Ahmedabad after a whirlwind tour of Saurashtra, told media, “I have been telling my community that they have to vote the BJP out of power...the community is directly supporting the fall of the BJP

Ahmedabad: Hardik Patel announced on Thursday that he will support the Congress in the Gujarat Assembly election, since the party is ‘openly supporting Patidars’. For days the 24-year-old activist has held out from publicly backing the state’s main opposition party, demanding that it explain how it plans to meet the Patel or Patidar community’s demand for reservation in government jobs and colleges if comes to power in Gujarat.

The Congress hasn’t met that demand, but Hardik Patel, back in Ahmedabad after a whirlwind tour of Saurashtra, told media, “I have been telling my community that they have to vote the BJP out of power...the community is directly supporting the fall of the BJP.”

Asked if this meant he will seek votes for the Congress, Hardik Patel said, “People are intelligent. When I tell them to vote the BJP out, they know who to vote for.’’ He rejected allegations of a “sellout” made by other Patel groups, saying “they are not real representatives of Patidars. They are propped up by the BJP.” Mr Patel accuses the state’s ruling BJP, the Patels’ party of choice for years, of betraying the community by not acceding to its quota demand.

Hardik Patel, who became the young face of the Patel agitation two years ago, is drawing big crowds at the rallies he is addressing all over Gujarat, where elections will held next month.

 

 

 

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