The Patidar community in the UK has sought permission to hold protest during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s upcoming visit to London, said a key quota stir leader on Sunday.
“We have written to British Prime Minister David Cameron to let us exercise our right to protest at least in their great democracy since we are not being allowed to do so by our government here in Gujarat,” said Varun Patel during a press conference here.
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Close relatives of Hardik Patel, Chirag Patel, Ketan Patel and Dinesh Bambhaniya, who are currently in police custody in a sedition case, were also present. Modi is scheduled to visit the UK between November 12 and November 14 before leaving for Turkey to attend the G-20 summit.
Through the letter, the Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti, which is spearheading the movement for reservation benefits, said it wants to highlight the plight of the community, which was “wrongfully targeted by the BJP-led state government for raising the voice”.
“Political parties do get permission to hold rallies, but no Patidar community person is getting permission to hold his public function here in Gujarat,” he added.