Updated: September 3, 2018 8:47:04 am
Patidar quota leader Hardik Patel, who has been sitting on an indefinite hunger strike for the last nine days, on Sunday made his legal will public. In the will, according to his aide, Hardik has set aside a part of his money for the families of 14 Patidar youths who had died during the 2015 quota agitation. He has also announced to donate his eyes after his death.
Hardik has been fasting at his Ahmedabad residence since August 25 demanding reservation for Patidar youths in government jobs and education as well as farm loan waiver.
Making his will public, his close aide and Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) leader Manoj Panara said that Hardik’s health was deteriorating rapidly. “It is possible that in the next 24 to 48 hours, he might not be able to in a position to speak or walk. So, he has timely declared his will,” Panara told The Indian Express.
A doctor from a government hospital who visited Hardik on Sunday said that he has advised the 25-year-old leader to get admitted to a hospital. “We have advised him to be admitted to the hospital. His urine and blood pressure is normal, but Hardik has refused blood and urine tests,” PTI quoted the doctor as saying.
As per his will, Hardik has Rs 50,000 in his bank account. He has declared to give Rs 20,000 from it to his parents and the rest as a donation to a cattle shelter in his native Viramgam. He has also declared to own a car and a life insurance policy. Hardik has declared to distribute the money to be collected from the life insurance policy, his car and the royalty of the book on him — ‘Who Took My Job’, which is currently under publication — in three parts — 15 per cent to his parents, 15 per cent to his sister and the remaining 70 per cent to be the family members of 14 Patidar youths who died during the quota agitation in 2015. “I wish to donate my eyes after my death and it has to be implemented,” Hardik has stated in his will.
Meanwhile, various senior politicians visited his residence. Among those who met Hardik on Sunday includes former Bihar chief minister and Hindustani Awam Morcha leader Jitan Ram Manjhi, Leader of Opposition in Gujarat Assembly Paresh Dhanani and Nationalist Congress Party leader Jayant Boskey.
After meeting Hardik, Manjhi told reporters that the BJP government was not “sensitive” towards the demand for reservation to Patidars. “If the government was sensitive, it would have amended the Constitution to increase the reservation from 49.5 per cent to 70-80 per cent. It is there in some states. In Tamil Nadu, quota percentage is around 70 per cent, then why not here,” Manjhi asked.
Congress leader Dhanani said the state government should listen to the protesters and address the issues concerning farmers in the state. “The BJP government is trying to suppress and crush the voice of people with baton. The protesters are trying to bring up the issues of the farmers and weaker sections, but the government is instead trying to crush the protest,” PTI quoted Dhanani as saying.
In the evening Hardik tweeted a picture of Dhanani meeting him and stated that the Congress should move a proposal in the Assembly on the issue of reservation to Patidars and farmers’ issue. “If the BJP government refuses to back the Congress proposal, then it will be clear who stands where,” he tweeted.
He alleged that while Hardik is trying to raise the issues of farmers, the state government has converted 18,000 villages into “fortresses” to prevent his supporters from reaching the venue of Hardik’s fast. “The government should adopt a positive stand and listen to what the protesters have to say,” Dhanani said.
Some of the supporters of Hardik also alleged that they were beaten up by the police when they approached his residence to meet him.
Earlier in the day, Hardik tweeted, that till the day police would continue to beat up his supporters and prevent them from meeting him, he would not allow any government doctor to see him. “An atmospher of fear is being created. The Gujarat of Mahatma Gandhi and Sardar Patel has become helpless,” he tweeted. (With PTI)
Wish govt makes attempt to resolve it: BJP minister
Senior cabinet minister in the state BJP government, Kuvarji Bavaliya, on Sunday said that he wished attempts were made by the government to resolve the issue in time. Speaking with mediapersons at a public event in Bopal, Bavaliya said, “I do not want to say anything special on the demands with which Hardikbhai has been moving forward. It is his subject. But, one thing is certain that the issue should get over in time, and I also wish that attempts are made from our side in that direction.” Bavaliya, however, could not be reached for his comments.
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