The Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti has put off its “reverse” Dandi march for a week after the Navsari collector imposed prohibitory orders, citing objections from 33 villages on route of the yatra that was scheduled to start on Sunday in a bid to press for the OBC quota demand.
Following the denial of permission for the yatra from Dandi (Navsari) to Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad, convener of the Samiti Hardik Patel in Surat said his group would take out the march on September 13.
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Imposing prohibitory orders on Saturday, Navsari collector Ramya Mohan said, “Sarpanchs and leaders of 33 villages along the route have objected to the yatra.”
Mohan said the Koli community has threatened to take out a “counter-yatra” and this could lead to “clashes between the two communities”. “So, to maintain peace in the district, the yatra cannot be permitted,” the collector said.
In view of the collector’s order, the Samiti put off its yatra plan. Hardik informed mediapersons about the Samiti’s decision under a flyover on a road after his press conference at C K farms at Adajan in Surat was cancelled after its owner’s objections.
“We do not want conflict with other castes. So, we will hold the rally after a week. If anything happens that day (September 13), the government will be responsible,” he said.