Hardik echo in US, Patel groups prepare to target PM Narendra Modi visit

Modi supporters, meanwhile, have organised an open debate on “reservation and quota in education and in Indian government” at the Royal Albert Palace in New Jersey.

Written by Sheela Bhatt | New Delhi | Published:September 17, 2015 5:09 am
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Rallying behind Patidars agitating in Gujarat for OBC status and reservation, members of the community settled in United States plan to stage a protest outside the United Nations headquarters in New York on September 25 morning when Prime Minister Narendra Modi goes there for the annual meeting of the UN General Assembly.

A second protest is planned outside the SAP Center in San Jose, another Modi stop on the trip.

Alpesh Patel, coordinator of the Sardar Patel Group USA-Canada, told The Indian Express he had obtained permission from police in New York to stage a protest outside the UN headquarters.

He said he launched a Facebook page and, within 24 hours, received around 1,000 names, phones and addresses of Patels ready to join the protest. “Our aim is to get 5,000 people at the UN. We are not political people. We have a genuine grouse to stand up and be counted,” he said.

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A millionaire businessman whose community group is building an Umiya village, named after the Patel kuldevi, in New Jersey, Alpesh Patel said: “We are fighting for our poor brethren back home. Our Patel parents are selling their homes to get college admission for sons and daughters. You must remember that only because of the reservation system in India, more than 10,000 Patel engineers and doctors are in America today.”

He claimed that an official called, on behalf of Chief Minister Anandiben Patel, and asked him not to stage the protest. Other Patel leaders said Indian government intermediaries were telling community leaders in the United States that they could help arrange a meeting with Modi should they drop the protest plan.

Deepak Pandya, father of US astronaut Sunita Williams who hails from Jhulasan in Mehsana district, told The Indian Express: “It is correct to say that I support the demand of Patels of my village.”

Keval Patel, great grandnephew of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, too said he was backing the Patidar agitation in Gujarat and was awaiting the outcome of the community’s talks with the state government.

Keval said he had had to migrate to the US because he lost out to reserved category candidates while seeking admission in an engineering college.

“If Patels get reservation in education, then we will have no reason to oppose Modi in the USA. Let us wait what happens within the 10-day deadline.”

Dakshesh Patel, one of the leaders of Sardar Patel Group USA-Canada, said: “We will send a message across to Modi that you can’t violate human rights by using police force against Patels in Gujarat.”

Varun Patel, spokesman of the Sardar Patel Group, said he was questioned in Ahmedabad by an intelligence officer on their plans to oppose Modi.

“They wanted to know micro details of our groups in America. They seem to be worried about the street protests in America against the PM,” Varun Patel said.

Modi supporters, meanwhile, have organised an open debate on “reservation and quota in education and in Indian government” at the Royal Albert Palace in New Jersey. The pro-Modi, anti-protest group wants to explain to Patels that Modi is still their best bet.

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    akash
    Sep 17, 2015 at 8:05 am
    Hahahahah...just look at the smile on the faces of protesters....zero suffering!!!!
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      Swadhyay
      Sep 17, 2015 at 7:14 am
      Patels are doing a great dis service to our country bringing domestic problem overseas. How come they are talking about this issue when PM is working hard for devlopment. He wants sub ka swath sub ka vikas. Where were they when congress was in Delhi. Do not be selfish, think of your country. Read swami vivekanad. Hardik and his supporters have very narrow thinking. Think of your fellow country men , look around 300 millions are living on foot paths. They are your country men women and children.
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      Kanu Patel
      Sep 17, 2015 at 9:17 pm
      DEMAND YOUR RIGHTS IS NOT COMMUNALISM. HARD WORKING COMMUNITY HAS/ HAD NEVER LOOTED. MOSTLY THEY HAVE/HAD WORKED HARD ON THEIR FIELDS.
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        Kanu Patel
        Sep 18, 2015 at 1:36 am
        I THINK THERE IS ONE WORD LEFT IN YOUR DICTIONARY FOR PATELS. PLEASE CALM DOWN AND KEEP SIGHT ON THE FUTURE DEVELOPMENTS . PATELS WILL NOT BEG BUT THEY WILL TAKE THE AGITATION TO SOME LOGICAL AND RATIONAL END WHERE THEY WILL GET THEIR DUE RIGHTS.
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          Kanu Patel
          Sep 17, 2015 at 11:22 am
          IF STATE AND CENTRAL GOVERMENTS ARE WORRIED ABOUT PM'S VISIT ,WHY DO THEY ARE NOT TAKING ACTIONS FOR POLICE ATROCITIES. WHAT STOPS PM TO APPOINT A NEW AYOG TO REVIEW THE W SYSTEM OF RESERVATION WHICH IS ANTI MERIT.WHY THE REPRESENTATIVES OF PEOPLE ARE ACTING AS THEIR PARTY AGENTS BUT NOT AS THE REPRESENTATIVE OF THE PEOPLE. WHY DO THEY ARE NOT FORCING THE GOVERNMENT FOR TAKING ACTIONS AGAINST THE POLICE ? PEOPLE ARE WAITING TO GET THE REPLY OF THAT WHY.
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            Kanu Patel
            Sep 17, 2015 at 11:26 pm
            IF YOU ASK TO DO AWAY THE RESERVATION ,THE PEOPLE WHO GET BENIFITS WILL BE UP WITH ARMS TO PROTECT THEIR BENIFITS. NOW THE SITUATION IS DIFFERENT. A MAJORITY COMMUNITY ASK FOR OBC STATUS . THEY ARE NOT AGAINST ANY CAST OR COMMUNITY BUT THEY ASK FOR THEIR RIGHT. BUT NOW POLITICIANS ARE LIKE SANDWICH BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT IN A POSITION TO SAY YES OR NO. BY THIS PRESSURE ,THEY WILL BE COMPELLED TO THINK SERIOUSLY TO REVIEW THE W SYSTEM BY WHICH ALL COMMUNITIES OF GENERAL CATEGORY WILL GET THEIR DUE RIGHT. IF YOU WANT TO GET THE BUTTER,YOU HAVE TO STIR THE CURD FOR A WHILE.
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              Kanu Patel
              Sep 17, 2015 at 11:42 pm
              MADAM THERE IS NOTHING I HAVE BEGGED FOR. I HAVE NARRATED THE SITUATION CREATED BY THE GOVERNMENT. PATELS WILL SURELY GET THEIR DUE RIGHTS.THEY WANT TO COMPETE ON EQUAL PLATFORM. THE PRESENT SYSTEM IS ANTI MERIT ,ANTI PERFORMENCE AND CAST BASED WHICH DEVIDES THE PEOPLE. PATELS HAD NEVER BEGGED AND WILL NEVER BEG.
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                Kanu Patel
                Sep 18, 2015 at 7:30 pm
                M PROTEST BY THE PEOPLE DID NOT REACH TO THE DEAF EARS OF AUTHORITIES TO TAKE ACTIONS AGAINST POLICE FOR THEIR VANDALISM.IT IS NOT EASY AND THEY DO NOT LIKE BUT THEY ARE COMPELLED TO DO THAT ON FORIEGN LAND BY THE ATUDE OF THE AUTHORITIES.
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