A prominent Patidar group in the US has opposed the proposed rally against Narendra Modi outside the United Nations on September 25, even as another community outfit threatened a protest when the Prime Minister visits Silicon Valley.
Extending support for Modi, Patidar Samaj of Gujarat on Saturday issued a press release in the name of Baldev Thakor from North Carolina. The Prime Minister is scheduled to visit the US between September 23 and 28, and he is also expected to speak at the United Nations.
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Referring to the proposed demonstration, the release said, “The community of the US has unanimously opposed the proposed rally against Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the UN on 25th September.”
“As members of the overseas Patidar community, we condemn it (the proposed rally). This is an exercise in political mud-slinging and we do not want to be a part of it,” Thakor, who runs a chain of hotels — Maya Hotels, was quoted as saying.
“The group believes that the agitations in India and now in the US are politically motivated and these protests do not represent the voice of the entire Patidars,” the release stated.
Danny Patel, president of PeachState Hospitality, said: “We Patels in the US are not taking any sides. Our intention is to make everybody aware that not every Patidar is against Modi.”
However, another section of the Patel community held a meeting in Silicon Valley to organise the protest rally when the PM visits California next week.
“…we must not ignore the facts that gross violations of human rights and brutality by Gujarat police has occurred and the state and the central governments have failed to serve and protect innocent civilians,” they said in a statement to community members.
“Please note that this is not against or pro any political party. This is not against Modi. However, as the PM of India, we need Modi to recognise that those who are responsible for unconstitutional brutal actions must be punished,” it said.
On September 12, Varun Patel, leader of Lalji Patel-headed Sardar Patel Group, had stated that “Gujarati Samaj’ would wear black clothes and wave black flags in protest during Modi’s US visit.
[With PTI inputs]