Patidar agitation: Hardik Patel says 27 crore Gujjar, Kurmi signatures campaign next step to press OBC demand

Convener of Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti, Hardik Patel said that they would gather '27 crore signatures' across the country and submit it to the Prime Minister in support of their reservation demand.

By: Express News Service | Ahmedabad | Updated: September 1, 2015 10:30 am
hardik patel, patel quota row, patel reservation protest, patidar quota protests, patidar reservation agitation, patidar gujjars, patel obc quota demand, patidar signature campaign, gujarat news, india news, latest news Hardik Patel said the Patidar agitation would continue to be “operated” from Gujarat.

Hardik Patel, the face of the Patidar agitation, on Monday announced a campaign to gather “27 crore signatures” from the Gujjars and the Kurmis on a plea that would be submitted to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to press the demand for quota.

The 22-year-old convener of the Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti announced the campaign after returning from New Delhi, where on Sunday he laid out a nation-wide plan for the Patidar agitation and addressed a gathering of Kurmis and Gujjars, calling for a united front.

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Speaking to mediapersons, Hardik claimed support from various community outfits such as Gujjar Vikas Parishad, Akhil Bharatiya Kurmi Kshatriya Mahasabha, Akhil Bharatiya Chaudhary Anjana Samaj, Loh Purush Yuva Sangthan (Gujarat), Yuva Gujjar Manch and Rashtriya Gujjar Manch (Madhya Pradesh).
“We have got support from them,” he said.

He said the Patidar agitation would continue to be “operated” from Gujarat. “…people from across the country have supported us and very soon a rally would be carried out from Lucknow in support of this.”

“Till now, we used to have support from within Gujarat. Now, people from outside Gujarat will also support us. There are 27 crore Gujjars and Kurmis in the country. There will be signatures on an application… 27 crore signatures will be given to the Prime Minister,” the Patidar leader said.

On the future course of action, Hardik said it would be announced Tuesday after meetings of the Samiti members in various talukas and districts.

Surat unit convener of Samiti Alpesh Katheriya said that during a meeting with Hardik, it was decided to ensure that the agitation remains peaceful. “This time we are coming up in a different and well-planned way. We will disclose our future steps after organising press conference in Surat on Tuesday afternoon,” said Katheriya.

Meanwhile, over 1,000 women gheraoed Visnagar police station in Mehsana district, demanding release of eight persons arrested in connection with the last week’s violence. Claiming that police picked up innocents, the women laid a siege to the police station. Police tried to pacify the women protesters arguing that those arrested could be released only after orders from the court. The protest continued for 2-3 hours before the women dispersed.
Mehsana has remained “volatile” since violence broke out on the night of August 25.

 

HC won’t monitor death probe

The Gujarat High Court on Monday directed the CID to investigate the alleged custodial death of 32-year-old Shwetang Patel in a fair and transparent manner. The court, however, said the case doesn’t need its monitoring unless there was a serious complaint. While disposing of the petition moved by Shwetang’s mother, Justice J B Pardiwala ordered a fresh post-mortem by a penal of four doctors. The earlier report stated that Shwetang died of shock and head injuries.

Internet services restored

Six days after a notification suspended mobile internet and data, services were restored in Vadodara and adjoining areas on Monday evening, albeit, erratically. In Ahmedabad, however, residents were made to wait till midnight on Monday before services were restored. In Morbi, night curfew was lifted and internet services restored even as the army continues to be deployed. Morbi had witnessed the most violence in Saurashtra.

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    Vikrant
    Sep 1, 2015 at 6:51 pm
    Out of 120 crores there are 27 crore Gujjars and Kurmis. About 30 crores so called different minority groups. Surely there must 50 to 60 crores of those who make up SC ST and OBCs. This leaves only 10 to 15 crores of rest of the so called non reserved castes including Patels. The number this person keeps throwing, even after reservation he wont get government job
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      Vikrant
      Sep 1, 2015 at 7:01 pm
      Yeh pichwade se nikala hua jawab hai
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        Vikrant
        Sep 1, 2015 at 7:01 pm
        Yeh pichwade se nikala hua jawab hai
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          Truth
          Sep 1, 2015 at 9:24 pm
          Most of pepole think minority comes under reservation,but thats not true.Many minority pepole comes under Un reserved category.
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            Arvind
            Sep 1, 2015 at 8:50 am
            New! Add photos, GIFs and more New! Add photos, GIFs and more New! Add photos, GIFs and more New! Add photos, GIFs and more ToCC/BCC A letter appeared on face book which was addressed to Hardik patel by Another 22 year old Gujarati is reproduced here. Dear 22 year old, Hardik Patel, I, another 22 year old fellow Gujarati, am writing this letter to discuss what has happened in Gujarat in last 48 hours. You, me and all fellow countrymen are aware about the peaceful protest that you have been leading since last few days. To be honest, I didn’t know you until 25th August 2015. The movement of Patidar community asking for reservation is going on in Gujarat since a month, but I heard your name for the first time on 25th August, when you lead the Maha Rally in Ahmedabad. And I believe there are lacs of Gujaratis like me who heard about you on the very same day. We thought the entire movement was being executed voluntarily by all the Patidar fellows, but the rally got a face on 25th August (at least as we fellow Gujaratis know it). I noticed couple of things when you addressed the rally in Ahmedabad. Listing down some of the points here. 1. Firstly, you were gathered to ask for reservation for Patidar community from Gujarat government. Both the community and government would have understood you, if you have addressed them in Gujarati language. Gujarati language would have left a good impact too. But you started with Hindi and completed your entire one and a half hour speech in Hindi. Which took us by shock. Your audience were Gujarati, then why did you choose Hindi? 2. Secondly, Patidars were gathered in the rally to ask and talk about reservation. You talked about reservation for like ten minutes. Your rest of the speech was to defame Gujarat government and our Prime Minister Narendra Modi. You were clearly trying to impose your political views on fellow Gujaratis. 3. Thirdly, we all noticed the tone of your speech. “Ham log pure Hindustan ko apni Aukaat dikha denge!” Who are you? Al Queda leader? Aren’t you a fellow Hindustani too? How can you use such a dreadful tone while addressing the rally of lacs of people? 4. Fourthly, the most annoying thing about you was your arrogance. You challenged Chief Minister Anandiben Patel to come to you and accept your application? Who are you to order a Chief Minister? 5. Fifthly, you clearly provoked the rally towards violence. “Agar hamari mange nahi sweekari to lanka jala denge!” When you are leading a peaceful protest, you don’t make statements which can provoke people to incline towards violence. But you clearly did that. With these five points, I cleared my perspective about you from what I observed in your first speech in Maha rally. Now I will try to enlighten you with the knowledge I gained in last two days. Please have a look at my detailed observation on various points related to your peaceful protest. Is reservation really possible? First and foremost, according to the Supreme Court of India, only 50% or less than 50% of total seats can be reserved for backward cl. 27% of the total seats in Gujarat comes under OBC (Other backward cl) and 22% of the total seats comes under SC/ ST (Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes). Which means 49% of total seats in Gujarat already comes under reservation, which cannot exceed according to the judgement from the Supreme Court of India. So technically, more reservation is not possible. Why would government not give more reservation? More reservation is not technically possible, but let say if government gives reservation to Patels. In that case, Rajputs from Rajasthan, Singhs from Punjab and Maratha from Maharashtra will come and ask for reservations. So if they are allowing one particular caste to be included in backward cl, it will be injustice to all other castes. Hence, government would not give reservation to any more castes. Do you really need reservation? Firstly, I would like to translate Patidar. Patidar is a Gujarati word for landowner. And as the name suggests, Patidar is one of the wealthiest castes across Gujarat. Patels dominates all industries in Gujarat taking from diamonds to real estates to textiles. Majority of diamond polishing industries of Surat are owned by Patels. Maximum Indian immigrants in USA belong to Patel community. Patels dominate motel industries in USA. When I witnessed first rally asking for Anamat in Surat, I saw people joining the rally in their Mercedes cars. Can you imagine a guy coming in a Mercedes to ask for the stamp of backward cl? Indigestible. Isn’t it? Open letter to Hardik Patel from a Fellow Gujarati - Jaydip Parikh (Photo Courtesy: Jaydip Parikh) Majority of ministers who run Gujarat, belong to the Patel community including Chief Minister. Even you said in your rally that Patel is the most powerful community of the country. Then why do you need reservation? Government keep entire potion of a caste in mind while including them in reservation quota. I agree on the fact that there are many farmers in the Patel community who are suffering from the issue, but the community on the w is not suffering from it. So I don’t think government would give reservation based on a minority number when the community on the w is one of the wealthiest communities of Gujarat. You said your brothers are not getting admissions in colleges due to your non-OBC status. Now, majority of Engineering colleges and other colleges of Gujarat are being run by Patels. Can’t these Patels come forward and offer seats to such Patels, who aren’t getting admission due to reservation system? No you can’t do that. Because, seats which aren’t allotted by government are literally sold in the name of management quota and NRI quotas. Now I would like to get on the point. I would like to share things which made me write this long letter to you. Was your movement really peaceful? It all started on a good note and entire day went peacefully. But suddenly the protest turned into riots. Why? Gujarati media and Patels are blaming police who suddenly imposed Lathi charge (Baton charge) on the rally. Well, do you know, what made them do this? No, most of us don’t know. Government allowed you to carry out the rally and allotted you GMDC ground without any fees, because they wanted to hear you and your community. You went to the government to take permission to do Anshan andolan (Hunger strike), to which government didn’t give you permission. You were allotted the ground till evening. When the police came to you to ask you to vacant the ground after the allotted hours, you denied them to vacant the ground. Which forced them to arrest you. And the same came as a disaster for all of us. Public started giving reaction to your arrestment; which made police to impose Lathi Charge. I’m not saying that the police was innocent. They were not ordered to do so. So they were at fault too. After the Lathi charge, the rally became violent. They started stone pelting in the city, they started setting buses and other public properties on fire. I mean let’s be honest. Whatever reason they had, is this the right way to protest against something? The riot spread in entire state from the city in just seconds. It started in Surat, Mehsana, Morbi, Rajkot, Vadodara and other parts of the city in just few minutes of what happened in Ahmedabad. Government was forced to impose curfew and section 144 in several parts of Gujarat. The community became brutal. They started setting police stations on fire. They started stone pelting on ministers’ homes. They damaged a lot of public property in span of just an hour. Seeing the situations, police released you. And just after a second of your release, you declared Gujarat Bandh. Who are you to declare bandh? Open letter to Hardik Patel from a Fellow Gujarati - City (Photo Courtesy: City Tadka Surat) Second day started. We thought things will become better. But it got worse. More people came out on roads to damage public properties, to demonstrate your POWER! You were fighting for your community. Why should all Gujaratis keep close on your orders? Some dared to open their shops and offices. You came and started damaging private properties of common men! What’s our fault dear Hardik? You want Anamat for your community from the government. Why are we suffering? Why are you damaging public properties which are bought with our tax money? This is not it. Your peaceful protest has took 8 innocent lives, including police men, common men and people from your community. Is this the way to ask for something? Gujarat is the state, which hadn’t saw curfew since last 13 years. But your peaceful movement changed it. Government had to call army to handle you guys. Do you still think you’ve done something great? Is police responsible for the riots? You and your community are blaming police for the riots. Ok. I admit it. The police is playing important role in making the riots bigger. They are treating common man like dogs. But why? Did you think on it? Open letter to Hardik Patel from a fellow Gujarati - Police When you saw videos of police abusing and damaging public and their properties, did you think on it even for a second? When you heard police entering in societies to beat people, did you think what made them do this? Here is a possibility. Bunch of people pelted stones on police or set a bus on fire and ran away when police reached there. They ran to hid in their homes and police chased them to their societies. And when they knew police were following them, they started shooting it on a camera. And they shot angry policemen damaging private properties, but didn’t shoot what lead them to do that. This is just a possibility. I am not advocating police. They are equally responsible for what has happened as I stated earlier. So my point is, as everyone is blaming, police is not the only one responsible for the protest turning into riots. Protesters are equally responsible. Why we fellow Gujaratis are angry? Open letter to Hardik Patel from a Fellow Gujarati - Burning BuildingPhoto Courtesy: Nikhil Madrasi Firstly, you weren’t fighting for us. You were fighting for your community. So why were we imposed to close our offices? Have you any idea how much loss we’ve made in these two days? Common men have died too along with the police and protesters in your peaceful protest. And not only Patidars, we all Gujarati paid for the properties you damaged. Impact of what has happened in Gujarat in last two days will be worse than what we’re thinking. This incident will be used for political debates; image of non-violent and peaceful Gujaratis won’t be same again; Gujaratis, especially Patels will become a new sensation for stand-up comedians. And a lot more to follow. Because of your wrong stand and atude, entire Gujarat will have to suffer from the shame. Our state used to be known for the peace and harmony between people. But this one event will change our image. This is what is saddening fellow Gujaratis including me. Until this, I told you what all you did wrong. Now I have a solution too. What could have been done instead of what you did. Have a look. So what can be the solution? I see only two possible solutions here. 1. Either remove entire caste based reservation system and make this country free from reservations. 2. Or remove caste based reservation and introduce EBC (Economically Backward Cl). In which reservation is given on the basis of your economical situation and not the caste. In this case, those who are wealthy and comes under current reservation quota, will get eliminated and the needy from other castes will get included in the reservation quota. So this is the best option available right now. If you had asked for reservation free India, my friend, not only lacs of Patels, but crores of Gujaratis like me would have joined you in the movement. But you fought for all wrong reasons and that too, just for your community. Please don’t show your power to the people of Gujarat. If we’ll get united against you, you will forget your power forever. We are Gujaratis. We are known for our unity and peace. You might have forgotten it in the greed of leadership and fame, but we have not. Let’s not divide our country in the name of caste. Let’s stop going backward. Let’s together make our state and country a better place to live! Jay Jay Garvi Gujarat. Jay Hind. – Another 22 year old Gujarati Reply Send
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              Banu
              Sep 1, 2015 at 6:42 am
              If you abolish the Quota system, Only brahmins will prevail, as they are the most educated and qualified for any job in India. It is possible that only 10% of the other castes can compete with brahmins. So abolishing defeats the purpose of equal opportunity
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                Bhavadasan Veemboor Kadalayil
                Sep 1, 2015 at 4:27 pm
                OBC status for 27 crore people, and reservation!!!! 1 - He is Mad. 2 - He is funded by anti nationals for creating calamity and Anarchy.
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                  Dr. Sonali
                  Sep 1, 2015 at 2:43 pm
                  I always thought Patels' were a self respecting community. Not beggars.!!
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