Hardik Patel committed no crime, sedition case unfair: Arvind Kejriwal

Hardik only raised his voice for the rights of his community said Arvind Kejriwal in a video message played at a press conference in Ahmedabad.

By: Express News Service | Ahmedabad | Published: June 5, 2016 2:25 am
Hardik Patel, Patidars, Patidar community, Gujarat assembly elections, Arvind Kejriwal, Kejriwal, Delhi Chief Minister, AAP Gujarat, Patel reservation movement, Patel reservation, Eknath Khadse, Dawood Ibrahim AAP national convener and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Saturday threw his weight behind the Patidars and jailed quota leader Hardik Patel. (Source: AP photo)

In a purported bid to attract the powerful Patidar community in the 2017 Gujarat assembly elections, AAP national convener and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Saturday threw his weight behind the Patidars and jailed quota leader Hardik Patel. Kejriwal’s video message supporting the Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) leader was played at a press conference in Ahmedabad. The video, which was subsequently released by the AAP, went viral on social media.

This is the first time the AAP has come out openly in support of Patel reservation movement. In the video clip played in presence of Delhi MLA and Gujarat AAP in-charge Gulab Singh Yadav, Kejriwal is heard saying, “What crime has Hardik Patel committed for which a case of sedition has been slapped against him and he is languishing in jail for the last eight months? He only raised his voice for the rights of his community. He fought for the rights of the people of the state. Hardik never helped the forces trying to break the nation.”

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Hitting out at Maharashtra revenue minister Eknath Khadse, who resigned on Saturday, Kejriwal added: “Against it, a Maharashtra BJP minister Eknath Khadse’s phone records have revealed that he had talks with Dawood Ibrahim. But no action has been taken against him.”

“There may be differences of opinion over the demands raised by Hardik, but he cannot be termed a traitor. Lakhs of Gujaratis share Hardik’s views. Does it mean that all of them are deshdrohis? It is unfair to insult the people of Gujarat. It is injustice to the people of Gujarat,” Kejriwal added. A press release from AAP’s media convener Harshil Nayak said: “AAP will get rid of the dictatorial policies of the state BJP government.” Incidentally, the AAP Saturday said it was planning to contest all 182 Assembly seats in Gujarat where polls are due in 2017.

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  1. S
    Jun 5, 2016 at 6:07 pm
    Hardik patel should not prosecuted as Des Drohi for asking reservation for patel samaj. Modi has also asked and added reservation for Modi samaj.
    1. A
      Jun 5, 2016 at 2:26 am
      Historically all major politicians of every generation in India have at one point or the other been charged with sedition. It's a tool out napunsak police and courts use or misuse to hide the faults of their political masters. That is why India is regarded as a banana republic as the non existent law and order machinery and the criminal justice system works on might is right basis. Why is Khadse not charged with sedition ?
      1. H
        Jun 6, 2016 at 5:56 am
        What kind of politician is this guy? He has a big nose that he can poke everywhere except for his own work in Delhi. How can someone support a person who created so much of trouble and loss to the public property in a state of India. Next what? Will he support Huda's PA for causing trouble in Haryana and is in jail on the same charges. Will he support Ram Vriksh Yadav as well? Or that is a wrong state to poke his nose in because it is ruled by SP.
        1. I
          IMOZI MD
          Jun 5, 2016 at 6:39 am
          Why Keju is after Hardik, Kannaiah, Jatt, etc. What is this economic offender's money contribution to all these vested interests. The consution has a well defined judiciary system. Any Indian national or a group of a particular cast or creed or any social group have some sort of grievances or rights to be ratified, they can easily approach the Judiciary to settle their rights as per the consution. If they resort to Bandhs and Hartal, it is unconsutional and the promoters behind these kind of action is funded by vested interests for making the country's economic growth down and create a civil disobedience in the country.
          1. L
            laxman mishra
            Jun 5, 2016 at 3:49 am
            hardik is RSS BJP pawn he is baccha used and will be thrown - they put him to disturb ongoing obc reservation , but it failed , now court has struck down economic reservation - not in consution - for that you have to amend consution , same experiment done by RSS in haryana jat reservation - also failed ( court struck down ) - RSS heavily trying to bring down country
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