Jaitley's comments on Patal quota issue laughable: Congress

Geneva Matthews
November 25, 2017

Just two days after the tension between the Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) and the Congress over allocation of tickets for the Gujarat polls took a violent turn, Hardik Patel declared his support for the Congress on Wednesday. As per the reports, the Central Industrial Security Force or CISF has been entrusted with the task of safeguarding the Patidar leader.

Hardik Patel, Patidar leader also asserted that Patidar community wants is the right to study and employment.

"As per the formula, without touching the 49 per cent quota (now provided in the state) to the Schedule Tribes (ST), Schedule Castes (SC) and Other Backward Class (OBC), the Congress has chose to provide quota to the communities, who have not got the benefit of reservation so far under Article 31 (C) and Article 46 of the Constitution", he told reporters here.

Flanked by other leaders of the PAAS, which has been campaigning for job quotas for the Patels, Hardik Patel brushed aside allegations by the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) that he was "a Congress agent". Before that our MLAs were offered money to switch sides during Rajya Sabha polls. "But, today we are out of power", he added. "The BJP is offering them both and a number of them are leaving the movement for their personal gains", said Yogesh Miyani, a Hardik aide.

Late on Monday night, the Gujarat Congress, in an attempt to placate the furious Patidar leaders, released a second list of 13 candidates.

The PAAS members had alleged that the two leaders of the movement had been included in the list without their consent.

This led others such as Bhambhania and Alpesh Katheria to protest against the Congress. Hardik never approved of PAAS members resorting to vandalism at the Congress office in Ahmedabad but some leaders were acting on their own. It is clear that Hardik has shed the demand of OBC reservation and is ready to support Congress after accepting "its formula". Thakor has joined Congress recently. "So, we can not show any promise in terms of concrete situation", said Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi.

Three out of these four are PAAS nominees, who Hardik and his supporters have backed vociferously.

A further delay in announcing his support to the Congress could have resulted in a few others leaving him since parties such as the BJP and NCP are more than willing to accommodate them.

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