Hardik Patel supports Arvind Kejriwal ahead of 2017 Gujarat polls

Kejriwal, on a four-day visit to Gujarat, is widely seen to be in the poll-bound state to woo the numerously strong Patel community to gain foothold in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's home turf.

By: PTI | Ahmedabad | Published:October 15, 2016 2:40 pm
hardik-kejriwal Hardik Patel supports Arvind Kejriwal. (File)

Patel quota agitation leader Hardik Patel appears to be warming up to AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal ahead of Gujarat Assembly elections, by issuing statements supporting the Delhi Chief Minister and urging him to spell out what he can do for his community.

Kejriwal, on a four-day visit to Gujarat, is widely seen to be in the poll-bound state to woo the numerously strong Patel community to gain foothold in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home turf, where the BJP has been in power for long but is now facing challenges. Hardik is being wooed by all opposition parties of Gujarat after he came out of jail, and declared that he might jump into politics if his community members want him to do so.

23-year-old Hardik’s leaning towards AAP and Kejriwal are being seen as a major shift in the strategy of his organisation Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS), which has so far tried not only to maintain distance from political parties but also opposed leaders of BJP and Congress whenever they tried to organise programmes in Patel-dominated areas. Yesterday, Hardik issued a statement in support of Kejriwal, who was on his arrival greeted with protests by members of a local outfit ‘Yuva Azadi’ over his remarks on the surgical strikes by the Army.

“We should not oppose Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal when he is coming to meet the family members of those who died during Patidar community’s reservation agitation. He will tell the rest of the country about our plight,” Patel said in a message from Udaipur.

Later, Hardik through members of his outfit in Mehasna, gave a written memorandum to Kejriwal, in which he asked the latter to spell out what he can do for the Patel community.

“Our youths lost lives during the quota agitation, cases were slapped against us for carrying out the agitation. Please spell out during your visit what you can do for us,” Patel wrote in the memorandum to the Delhi Chief Minister.

“Our main demand is reservation for our community and you should spell out what you can do for giving reservation to us,” he asked.

“BJP has finished democracy in Gujarat. You are the chief minister of the capital of the country — Delhi — and whatever you say will be heard in the entire country. I request you to do whatever is possible for our community,” the memorandum by Hardik said.

In response, Kejriwal said, “It is important that those leaders who ordered firing on Patel protesters (during quota agitation of August 2015) should be punished.”

Earlier, PAAS members on the call of Hardik had disrupted a public rally of BJP chief Amit Shah in Patidar community dominated Varachha area of Surat. The outfit had also barred Congress and BJP leaders from entering areas dominated by them and many functions of BJP leaders were disrupted.

The BJP had effected a leadership change in the long-ruled state with Anandiben Patel being replaced by Vijay Rupani as Chief Minister, though the party had rejected suggestions that that was the result of organisational and electoral calculations. The quota stir had turned violent after the arrest of Hardik Patel in August 2015. Patel community protesters had indulged in arson and stone pelting and clashes with police and damaged government and private properties worth crores of rupees.

In police action against protesters, 12 youths including one policeman had died in the state. Kejriwal yesterday met family members of some of the Patel youths who lost their lives. Patel community has so far supported BJP in Gujarat. On his arrival, Kejriwal had alleged that BJP president Amit Shah and his party were trying to disrupt the rally in Surat on Sunday.

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    Jagdish Saigal
    Oct 15, 2016 at 10:28 am
    Some of AK's contemporaries in his govt. service allege that he never worked during the period he was in service and always managed to keep his and wife's posting in Delhi. Always managed to get study leave to go abroad. Who was his God father. But he is really expert in acting and fooling people. That is why so many educated people are his followers and of course leaders in his party specialize in every possible criminal activity.
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      JAY
      Oct 15, 2016 at 11:10 am
      aekdum nakli .....ye bhai kabhi kaam karne ki niyat rakhta hi nahi.. bas loko go pagal banata hai.. and hardik is also opportunistic..he can go anywhere for his existence..
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        kamath Ramesh
        Oct 15, 2016 at 10:06 am
        Paap has fooled people of delhi. People of gujarat, punjab and goa should not fall in his trap.
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          Ashok Mazumdar
          Oct 15, 2016 at 12:49 pm
          Hardik Patel has bowled a big Googly.
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            Ratan
            Oct 15, 2016 at 10:33 am
            Good luck to AAP party in Gujarat. Voters must give clear majority to AAP. Congress BJP r same. No vision to remove poverty and hungry from India. If poorty not removed a day will come when poor people kill reach people
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              sajeev
              Oct 15, 2016 at 12:39 pm
              I agree. BJP and Congress leave a lot to be desired. However, AAP has beaten all the cheats and scoundrels of all parties put together
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                sajeev
                Oct 15, 2016 at 12:48 pm
                Not as simple as Hardik and Kejri wish it to be. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;1. Patels are a traditionally infuential community and no way can such communities be given reservation... any attempt should be challenged in court lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;2. The OBCs will be the deciding factor in this Gujarat elections and Kejri's mollycoddling the Patels on the reservation issue is not going to endear him to the OBCs lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;3. Kejri's downslide has started, so actually any ociation with him can negatively impact Hardik lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;4. Most important,.. Hardik is as ambitious as Kejri, if not more and definitely much more aggressive. How long can the ociation between two over ambitious people last ???
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                  sapan kumar
                  Oct 15, 2016 at 11:08 am
                  Bad time for has started now for Gujarat. After coming to power in Delhi is engaged in corruption, scams, blame game etc. Now it is turn for Gujarat. Kejriwal fooling Patel and Patidars. To be included in OBC category, they would have to fit into the definition of “socially and educationally backward” which will be decided by the OBC commission. The High Court has already quashed the ordinance providing 10 per cent quota for the economically backward among the unreserved category, promulgated to pacify the agitating Patel community.
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                    Anil Kumar
                    Oct 15, 2016 at 9:29 am
                    Looks like that only in our Pport it is mentioned as Citizen of India, because when we go abroad in the Pport our Caste is not written. By asking for caste reservations in jobs etc we are creating problems for the future generations because a time will come when jobs will be given on the basis of Reservations and not Merit.
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                      sk
                      Oct 15, 2016 at 11:15 am
                      Feku fooled people of India big time. It is time to teach him a lesson.
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                        san
                        Oct 17, 2016 at 4:08 am
                        From the beginning I was telling that Hapik Patel was a creation of AAP.. It is just proven now.
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                          san
                          Oct 17, 2016 at 4:07 am
                          You are an ratan.. A seasoned
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                            s s nair
                            Oct 15, 2016 at 11:48 am
                            Wipe out the demon from Gujarat.
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                              Vishal Patel
                              Oct 15, 2016 at 9:33 am
                              but nobody in patidar listen to this hardik patel ha ha ha
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