Hardik pledges support to Congress in Gujarat polls

Laura Christensen
November 23, 2017

Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) leader Hardik Patel today said that Congress had accepted Patidars' demand to give reservations if elected to power.

Sagar Savalia, who ran the "Vikas Gando Thayo Chhe" (development has gone crazy) campaign against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in Gujarat, attacked Hardik Patel for diverting his attention from Patidar reservation to electoral politics. "In the name of reservation, Congress has given a "lollipop" to Hardik". "They (Hardik Patel and Congress) can continue to mutually deceive each other and the public by saying that they will devise a methodology of breaching the cap".

Comprising 12% of Gujarat's population and with potential influence over 60-odd of the state's 182 assembly seats, Patels have traditionally voted for the BJP but are angry over being denied quotas in jobs and education. "Several attempts to buy our convenors in North Gujarat are being made".

Hardik was supposed to formally announce PASS support to the Congress in the polls in the Rajkot rally.

"I didn't ask for ticket from congress and I am not joining the party".

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The PAAS has been agitating against the government for more than two years over the issue of reservation for the Patidar community and has pledged to oppose the ruling BJP in the coming state assembly elections in December.

Congress on Monday put out a second list of candidates, in which four candidates from its first list were dropped to accommodate four others with an intention to pacify the PAAS leaders.

Three out of these four are PAAS nominees, who Hardik and his supporters have backed vociferously. The Congress is counting on the Patidar votes to sway the election results of Gujarat in their favour and uproot the BJP, which has been in power since 1995 in the state.

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