Gujarat offers financial support to the poor among upper caste students. It must expand its notion of deprivation.
Anandiben Patel announced the package at end of the 10-day deadline set for the government to resolve the impasse during its meeting with the Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) members on September 14.
“Crackdown was done as they (PAAS leaders) had violated public notification and held public meeting without permission,” said minister of state for Home Rajnikant Patel.
Since its formation in August, the state government’s committee had received some 100 memorandums from nearly 20 castes and sub-castes.
Members of SC/ST and OBC community will give memorandum to Mamlatdars, MLAs, and MPs from October 1, a top leader said.
Hardik’s Patidar Anamat Andolan Samit (PAAS) announced that they would continue their agitation, including a “Ekta Yatra” on September 19 and “maha sabhas” at five locations.
The Muslims residing in the area are upset that the participation of a chief minister, in a way, gave legitimacy to what Muslims have been objecting to – saffronisation of the shrine.
Patel arrived around 10 am and visited the campus for about 45 minutes without any other staff attached to the CMO or any official from the state health department.
Sources in the Chief Minister’s Office said there were inputs from the Intelligence Bureau that agitated Patidars might turn up in large numbers.
There has been a disturbance in Gujarat politics after Hardik Patel warned that the lotus will not bloom in 2017 elections if Patels’ demand (for reservations) was not met.
Vaghela said that the state BJP government led by Anandiben Patel had completely failed to tackle the mega rally led by Hardik Patel.
PAAS calls for Ahmedabad bandh today, will also unveil future course of agitation after the Maha Kranti rally.
“As per the Constitution and judgements of Supreme Court, we cannot make any changes in the structure of reservations for SCs, STs and OBCs, nor can we give reservation beyond 50 per cent,” Gujarat CM Patel said.
Congress members are curious whether the widely distributed questionnaire is part of Rahul’s efforts at democratising the party or a subtle way of finding out who is in which camp.
Parts of forest area were allotted to these tribal farmers under the Forest Rights Act, 2006, but ownership of the land still rested with the government.