Gujarat elections: We agree with Congress’ formula for reservation to Patidars, says Hardik Patel

Patidar leader Hardik Patel on Wednesday said the Patidar group has accepted Congress's formula to give reservation to Patidar community at par with OBC to non-reserved categories.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: November 22, 2017 1:45 pm
Patidar leader Hardik Patel said on Wednesday in a press conference that Patidars had accepted Congress’ formula for reservation to Patidars. (Express Photo)

Patidar leader Hardik Patel on Wednesday said the Patidar group has accepted Congress’s formula to give reservation to the Patidar community at par with OBC. Patel was addressing a press conference.

The convenor of Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS), who is being wooed by the Congress for a partnership in the upcoming Gujarat elections, said, “We accept formula given by Congress party to give reservation at par with OBC to non-reserved categories,” adding, “Congress people are not our cousins, but when they speak about our rights we have to listen to it. And the formula they have offered is plausible.”

Patidars were met with arguments from several opponents in the past that total reservations cannot be over 50 per cent. However, quashing such arguments, Patel said: “Nowhere in the Indian constitution it is written that more than 50 per cent reservation cannot be given.”

Showing confidence in Congress’ promise, Patel said, “Congress has promised to put its formula to give reservation to non-reserved categories in its election manifesto.”

“I am not ‘bikau’. Otherwise I could have accepted offer of Rs 1200 crore from K Kailashnathan (Chief Principal Secretary to Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani) when I was in jail,” Patel alleged.

“Congress has accepted our issues. They have agreed to give Patidars reservations,” ANI quoted Patel as saying. He added that the party has “agreed to give Patidars reservations under section 31 and provisions of section 46 and it will bring in a bill when they come in power in Gujarat.

He didn’t extend support to the Congress party, however indicated the fight against the BJP will effectively result in the same. “We are not openly extending support to Congress, but we will fight BJP. So directly or indirectly, there will be support to Congress,” he said.

Patel declined speculation that he is joining any party or that his outfit has asked for any seats in a coalition in the upcoming polls, he said, “We have never appealed to anyone to vote for Congress, but since they are talking about our rights, we leave it on people to decide.”

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  1. San San
    Nov 23, 2017 at 9:19 pm
    If congress can give reservation beyond 50 ,then why they lost in Haryana and Rajasthan might have won election by giving “JAT reservation” in special categories. If Gujarat people understand this , as they are business experts, will not do such mistake of accepting reservation promises beyond 50 .gujarat people must not accept such politics which divide Hindus in caste . if such in any case happened , new bihar will come up caste wars between castes...lie ranvir sena etc....please save Gujarat from caste politics . we all are love making people do not split Hindus in caste like UP, BIHAR...etc.....
    1. N
      Nov 22, 2017 at 6:32 pm
      Quotas for Patidars will be a pipe dream in view of maximum limit of 49 percent.But Congress hopes to derive political benefits by improving tally using Hardik as a tool. In the process Hardik's ambition to become a leader is also achieved what way Hardik will be different from Kejriwal using Anna to become a politician? Ultimately existing peace in the state will go for a toss.It is for the people to decide whether they want peace in Gujarat as has been hither too for the last 20 years or not?
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        Anil chandel
        Nov 22, 2017 at 6:18 pm
        Reading the comment it looks for the first time that IE has balanced readers too... a usually pro congress thumbs up to the reader comments is lagging badly for the first time on this mindless subject of Hardik... cheers to the readers and their judgement.
        1. N
          Nov 22, 2017 at 5:54 pm
          Hardik Plus Rahul equals HaRa
          1. K
            Nov 22, 2017 at 4:34 pm
            Hardik is satisfied by woman, not with money. Right choice hardik, what you do with a woman, you can not do with money. It is possible selected party may have part ii of video after light switched off.
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