A committee of ministers set up to negotiate with various Patidar groups seeking reservation under the OBC category met Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel on Monday and handed over its report.
“We met the Chief Minister today and briefed her about the issues (to initiate compromise with the Patidar agitators). Now, based on the same, the government will initiate talks with their leaders,” Health Minister Nitin Patel, who heads the committee, told The Indian Express. He did not give details of the report.
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Other members of the committee were Cabinet ministers Ramanlal Vora, Bhupendrasinh Chudasama, Babubhai Bokhiria and state ministers Vasuben Trivedi, Nanubhai Vanani and Rajnikant Patel.
Patidar quota stir leaders such as Hardik Patel and Lalji Patel had listed 27 demands before the state government to reach a compromise. One of their demands include action against police officials who allegedly committed atrocities on the Patidars when their agitation turned violent last August. They have also demanded withdrawal of cases against the Patidars.
The committee was formed August last year when the Patidar quota agitation was at its peak.
It is to be noted that various Patidar social leaders and BJP MP from Porbandar Vithhal Radadiya have been holding multiple meetings with the government to arrive at a compromise formula.
The Patidars have announced ‘jail bharo andolan’ on April 17, seeking immediate release of the quota stir leader who are currently in jail.
Following Monday’s meeting, the government is likely to make a public appeal to the Patidar leaders to withdraw their announcement for smooth compromise talks.
Meanwhile, members of the Gujarat Maldhari Samaj — a group belonging to the Maldhari community from Mehsana — met the Chief Minister with a number of demands, including considering them as ‘ati-pachhat’ (extreme backward) among OBCs. Shyam Desai of the group said that ‘extreme backward’ communities among OBCs got some additional financial incentives along with other benefits.
‘’The CM has told us that she would get our demands considered,’’ Desai said.