Passing through villages of Jamjodhpur and Lalpur talukas, the Patidar Ekta Yatra demanding OBC quota for the community reached Jamnagar city on second day of the march Thursday. Leaders of Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) had embarked on the 33-day-long yatra from Umiya dham, the temple of goddess Umiya who is patron deity of Leuva Patels, in Sidsar village of Jamjodhpur taluka of Jamnagar district Wednesday. From Sidsar, the yatra had reached Jamjodhpur town Wednesday evening and halted there for night.
On Thursday, the yatra charriot passed through villages of Jamjodhpur and Kalyanpur talukas of Jamnagar. The march was welcomed by people in villages like Shethvadala, Samana, Khatiya, Khalkhambhaliya, Pipartoda, Lalpur and Haripur before it reached Jamnagar city.
“The response has been immense. People are welcoming the rath and performing pooja,” said Lalit Vasoya, Saurashtra convenor of PAAS who is leading the march. The yatra is aimed at uniting various sub-caste groups of Patidars like Leuva Patels, Kadva Patels etc and push for demand of Patidars get recognised as Other Backward Class (OBC). PAAS covenors for all the 11 districts of Saurashtra were also part of the people marching along with the chariot on Thursday. The chariot is carrying idols of goddess Umiya and goddess Khodiyar, the patron deity of Leuva Patels.
The march was scheduled to convert into a musical evening at Satellite Party Plot near Lalpur Chowkadi in Jamnagar later in the evening and make its second night halt.