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Hardik Patel: If small parties don’t unite, there will be no elections after 2019

Ahead of the 9th State Convention of the Sambhaji Brigade Maharashtra in Alibaug, Patel also said that the 2019 elections would be a contest between Modi and the farmers

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Patidar leader Hardik Patel on Saturday said that if regional political parties across the country don’t unite, there would be no elections held after 2019.

Speaking to The Indian Express ahead of the 9th State Convention of the Sambhaji Brigade Maharashtra in Alibaug, Patel said, “If the government fails to fulfill demands of the Maratha and the Dhangar community, then the 2019 Lok Sabha elections will not be good for BJP”.

He further said that the upcoming 2019 Lok Sabha elections would be a contest between Modi and the farmers. “In the 2019 elections, the people themselves would fight against the Modi government and I would too join them on the streets,” he said. “My job is to aware the public, not support any political party,” he added.

Terming the ‘Maratha Morcha’ a political drama, Patel said that every party would seek to benefit from it. He also said that instead of building a Shivaji memorial in Maharashtra, the government should rather focus on generating employment opportunities for the people.

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Earlier last month, the Patidar leader went on an indefinite hunger strike demanding a loan waiver and reservation for the Patidar community in jobs and educational institutes. However, Patel ended his strike on the 19th day, saying, “It was necessary to stay alive to fight and win.”

“I decided to end the fast as the community leaders were saying that we could fight only if we are alive, and we can win only if we fight. And so, bowing before their demands, I chose to break my fast. Now, I will intensify my fight against the government,” Hardik had said.

First published on: 27-10-2018 at 01:13:38 pm
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