Indicating that situation prevailing in Gujarat in the backdrop of the Patidar agitation for OBC status poses threats for class conflicts, Chief Minister Anandiben Patel on Thursday asserted the need for ending stir by members of her own community.
“Gujarat should not have class conflicts. The elders and community leaders are worried a lot”, she said.
Referring to young leadership of Patidar Ananmat Anadolan Samiti including its convener and face of the agitation 22-year-old Hardik Patel, she added, ” 25-26 years old do not know what cast conflicts can lead to. I have seen Gujarat of 1976, 1985 and 1987″. She was referring to cast conflicts state has seen in past due to anti-reservation agitations.
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With an eye on forthcoming local body elections, it was a function to observe Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s 65th birthday as Swachchta Divas by honouring heads of local bodies who have achieved 100 per cent target of personal toilets. But shadow of Patidar agitation, which has intensified after a meeting between its leaders and the CM, hung huge over the celebrations.
“It takes effort to do development, but nothing to brake apart things. We need to work hard to build road, electricity and water supply. But it can be destroyed in no time”, said Patel referring to widespread vandalisation of public property that state witnessed by mobs aftet the Patidar mega rally in Ahmedabad on August 25. Eight persons were killed and several injured in riots reported during two days. The police department, including its vehicles and infrastructure, alone suffered damage to the tune of Rs 200 crore.
“People should come and say what are the problems. There is no point in creating ruckus”, She added.
While this was the one government programme that went peacefully, recently many goverment and the BJP programs were disrupted by the Patidar women by clanking plates and rolling pins.
At the function the government honoured heads of the local bodies for successfully carrying out Swachhta Mission.
For two months now, the Patidars have started intense agitation demanding OBC reservation to get college admissions and government jobs. With BJP has as many as 37 Patidar MLAs, including CM, the community has been boycotting the government functions demanding action against alleged police atrocities.